Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros Bring Out Renowned Harmonica Player Mickey Raphael At The Ryman
Watch video from the winter tour closing run.
By Nate Todd Mar 13, 2023 • 11:11 am PDT
Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros wrapped their 2023 winter tour with a two-night stand at the Ryman Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday. Renowned harmonica player Mickey Raphael joined the band over the course of the weekend for Grateful Dead classics and more.
Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros and The Wolfpack horn and string section kicked off Saturday’s show with a trio of Garcia/Hunter compositions: “New Speedway Boogie,” “Crazy Fingers” and “Ramble On Rose.” Weir and company then dusted off The Beatles’ “Blackbird” for the first time in over a year.
Raphael — who is perhaps best known as Willie Nelson’s longtime harmonica player — made his first appearance of the weekend beginning on a cover of Bob McGill’s “Catfish John.” Raphael would stick around for the rest of the set including on a pair of RatDog tunes, “Even So” and “October Queen,” as well as set closer, “Bird Song.”
The classic Dead trifecta of “Help On The Way,” “Slipknot” and “Franklin’s Tower” launched the second set. Bobby then helmed a pair of his signature songs, “Looks Like Rain” and “Estimated Prophet.” The latter kicked off a seamless set-closing sequence that also included “Eyes Of The World” encompassing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” and set closer “Morning Dew.” Raphael returned for the rowdy Weir rocker “One More Saturday Night” to cap off the evening.
Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros and The Wolfpack began services at the Mother Chruch on Sunday with “Cassidy.” Mickey then added harp to the Jimmy Reed blues number, “Big Boss Man.” Raphael departed ahead of the RatDog era song “She Says.” It was then Dead tunes for the rest of the set including “Althea,” “Mission In The Rain,” “Greatest Story Ever Told” and the complete “Weather Report Suite” and to close the set.
Mickey returned to help the ensemble get the second set going with “Samson & Delilah.” The relatively new Bobby tune, “She Knows What I’m Thinking,” fell in the second slot. “Black-Throated Wind” then prefaced a seamless sequence of “Shakedown Street,” The Beatles’ “Come Together,” “The Wheel,” “The Other One” and “Days Between.” The second set came to a close with the complete “Terrapin Station” suite. Mickey Raphael helped the band seal the run and winter tour with “Brokedown Palace.”
Watch video from the Ryman run below:
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