Michael Lee Firkins
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Michael Lee Firkins

Novato, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Novato, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Blues Classic Rock

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San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States

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Michael Lee Firkins- self titled debut
Michael Lee Firkins- Chapter 11
Michael Lee Firkins- Cactus Cruz
Michael Lee Firkins- Decomposition
Michael Lee Firkins- Blacklight Sonatas 

Michael Lee Firkins- Yep

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Check out Michael Lee Firkins New release "YEP" featuring Matt Abts and Andy Hess of (Gov't Mule) and Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones). A Classic Blues-rock Opera.  Michael’s new album “Yep” is already getting rave reviews around the world including GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE and Hittin’ The Note Magazine.

 

 

In 1990, he recorded a 5 song demo of instrumental guitar tunes that showcased his guitar playing. The 5 song demo was sent to Guitar Player Magazine talent scout Mike Varney who signed Firkins. Michael released his self titled debut album on Shrapnel Records. This release showcased Michael's signature sound of rock blended with country, blues and jazz. With the strength of this album, Michael's first release sold more than 100,000 copies. This well received album also landed Michael the winner of the "BEST NEW TALENT" reader's poll in Guitar for the Practicing Musician and also runner up in Guitar Player Magazine's "BEST NEW TALENT" readers poll. He was also hailed as "ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PLAYERS OF THE NEXT TEN YEARS" by Guitar for the Practicing Musician. As Michael's music was also popular in Europe, Firkins won the Edison Award, which is Holland's version of a Grammy.        

 

 

Michael Lee Firkins was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Born to musician parents, his father was a lap steel guitarist and his mother a pianist, he started playing acoustic guitar at the young age of eight. Mostly self taught, he also took lessons at a local Omaha music store. Learning the songs of the times, Michael was heavily into Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and AC/DC.

 

                           

                                          By 1979 Firkins was electrified, he soon played in local bands and in church from the age of 12 until 18. In 1985 Michael started touring the country in cover tune bands. Frustrated with cover tunes, he eventually went back to Omaha and began teaching guitar. For the next few years, Michael's musical influences were expanding. Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Albert Lee, and Danny Gatton were among the list of new favorites. You can hear Michael’s influences on every album he’s ever made, yet Firkins has crafted a sound all his own that has yet to be imitated.


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