10 Best Things We Saw at Neil Fest

Latest Best Fest event featured stars and unknowns paying eclectic tribute to Neil Young

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Best Sideman: Mickey Raphael
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Best Sideman: Mickey Raphael

As the longstanding harmonica player for Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael has played harp alongside Young himself for decades, frequently accompanying the iconic singer-songwriter at Nelson and Young's annual Farm Aid benefit. At Neil Fest, Raphael could be found joining a host of performers on harmonica each night, adding texture to songs like "Mellow My Mind," "Unknown Legend," "Comes a Time" and "Heart of Gold." As one of the only performers onstage who had performed with Young, Raphael served as the unassuming elder statesman of the shows, adding some country authenticity to the Cabin Down Below Band's airtight arrangements.

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