Mickey Raphael

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Willie Nelson at House of Blues, 11/18/2014

    Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver House of Blues November 18, 2014 See enough Willie Nelson concerts, say at least a half-dozen, and you'll really start focusing on the little things. Sure, the set list may not change much from show to show, if at all, but each one that comes around makes the subtle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    We Listened to Eight Solid Hours of Holiday Music... Why?

    Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Wille Nelson & Family at Stafford Centre, 11/19/2013

    Willie Nelson & Family, Paula Nelson Band Stafford Centre November 19, 2013 The thought that Tuesday night might be the last time I see Willie Nelson never even popped into my head until after the show was over. I just assumed he'll be back about eight months from now, like he was eight months ago ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Billy Joe Shaver at Discovery Green, 5/30/2013

    Billy Joe Shaver Discovery Green May 30, 2013 As the saying goes, Billy Joe Shaver is the kind of character who, if he didn't already exist, someone would have had to make him up. Was that Larry McMurtry? Kinky Friedman? Willie Nelson? Doesn't matter, really. Shaver, the old five and dimer 73 year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Last Night: Willie Nelson at Arena Theatre

    Willie Nelson Arena Theatre March 10, 2013 For some artists, even superlatives aren't enough. Willie Nelson turns 80 next month. He's been making music -- and making a living off it -- longer than my parents have been alive. And while there are other country artists of similar vintage and pedigree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Last Night: Willie Nelson At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Mark Britain​Willie Nelson & Family Verizon Wireless Theater April 28, 2011 See Willie Nelson's extended Houston family in our slideshow. There are few times you don't want the Rolling Stones in your head. A very few. But on your way to a Willie Nelson show trying to fight off the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Willie Nelson's Drummer Said To Have Suffered Stroke

    ​Word reached Rocks Off earlier this afternoon from a usually reliable source that Willie Nelson's longtime drummer, Paul English, has suffered a stroke. English, who now lives in Dallas with his wife and three sons, began working with Nelson in Fort Worth in 1955. According to various interviews ... More >>

  • Music

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Pocket Full of Soul Director and Harmonica Apologist Marc Lempert

    As you can also see in this week's print edition of the Press - yes, we still make those - Rocks Off recently had a chance to chat via email with Marc Lempert, director of the harmonica documentary Pocket Full of Soul that screens Saturday night at Verizon before a demonstration of the instrument's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Mickey Raphael on Willie Nelson, Naked and Clothed

    For a disarmingly large number of his worldwide fans, Willie Nelson burst onto the country music scene in the mid-'70s, fully hirsute, sporting an earring and proclaiming the joys of being on the road again. Real aficionados know that his "overnight success" came only after decades of struggling as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Aftermath: Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Photos by Frank Stewart/ Jazz at Lincoln Center When Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis first shared the stage at New York's Allen Room for Jazz at Lincoln Center almost exactly two years ago, the concert was simply billed as "Willie Nelson Sings the Blues." There was no hint that music history ... More >>

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Eyeballin': Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis' Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center New York City

    Associated Press Willie Nelson has had some odd musical partners over the years: Snoop Dogg, Gonzo the Muppet, Julio Iglesias. But the Red Headed Stranger's live-recorded CD collaboration with Wynton Marsalis, Two Men with the Blues, and now this unwieldy-titled concert DVD, is not only seamless, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Aftermath: Cheech & Chong at Verizon Wireless Theater; Willie Nelson at House of Blues

    Photos by Chris Gray Willie Nelson and Cheech & Chong? On the same night – Halloween night to boot? Nothing less than every stoner’s dream come true. The real question was, would anybody remember anything afterward? Let’s start at the suspiciously smoke-free Verizon, where about a third of t ... More >>

  • Music

    October 30, 2008
  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    Scenes from a Picnic

    Willie, Dylan, Kinky and the Ghost of Bob Willis descends on Fort Worth. Wack is there too.

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

  • Music

    August 9, 2001


    Willie Nelson's Family Picnic