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Talking With a Pair of EJ Session Men

Thursday 30
August 2007 @ 17:28
– GMT

Two men who have performed on Elton’s albums are working on solo CDs.

This is the second such recording for both.

Rusty Anderson, who has been playing with Paul McCartney since 2001, contributed to Songs From The West Coast.

The singer/songwriter/guitarist recalls it being ”fantastical,” both creating with Elton’s team and witnessing how songs came together.

And Mickey Raphael says Elton was ”too charming for words.”

The harmonica player, who appeared on The Fox on the album of the same name, thinks he was called after either Elton or producer Chris Thomas heard him performing with Willie Nelson.

However, the Dallas, Texas native, part of Nelson’s band for three decades and a contributor to thirty Farm Aid benefits, doesn’t consider himself a country artist.

Rather, he told EJW, he’s involved with ”a lot of musical styles, from Elton to Motley Crue to Wynton Marsalis.”