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Michael Lee Firkins


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Michael Lee Firkins was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1967. 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, AC/DC, and Black Sabbath.

By 1979 Michael had a Gibson SG and a Fender Princeton Reverb. 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. As Michael continued to grow musically, 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 immediately. A release of his first album was soon to follow.

In 1990, 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, and the help of an international advertising campaign from YAMAHA GUITARS , Michael’s first release sold more than 100,000 copies.




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  • naturefirst

    this skynyrd song enjoy my day, the original and michael lees" i need you" both versions are fantastic

    10. Mär. 2013 Antworten
  • mscotttx

    "I Need You" is a great song.

    5. Jan. 2012 Antworten
  • plan5878

    Thanks For Your Recommend last fm

    20. Dez. 2011 Antworten
  • livin-proof


    10. Aug. 2011 Antworten
  • cylastefem

    The song Rain In The Tunnel is a masterpiece for sure [3]

    13. Feb. 2011 Antworten
  • Plimi

    Discovered him on a local radio. The song Rain In The Tunnel is a masterpiece for sure. Not just a guitar virtuoso but also a good composer I guess

    30. Jun. 2010 Antworten
  • Anand12

    Rain in the Tunnel is one awesome piece of music.

    11. Jun. 2010 Antworten
  • aaamiri

    Awesome guitar virtuoso. Love his style...You rock Michael ... :-)

    17. Mai. 2010 Antworten
  • deathmantas

    the debut album is his most brilliant piece of work

    20. Dez. 2009 Antworten
  • bushyguitar

    Pobinr wrote: Bought Michael's 1st Album 20 years ago. Still love it. A trio that sounds like a 5 piece band ! Very clever full playing. Album came out in 1990, hasn't been twenty years yet ; )

    11. Mai. 2009 Antworten
  • BenjaminKrauze

    Cool, very bluish.

    13. Apr. 2009 Antworten
  • thesmartass

    soooo good

    10. Nov. 2008 Antworten
  • Terminator3

    Check out this link for the world's most underated axeman! www.davesharman.com

    7. Okt. 2008 Antworten
  • boraan

    Michael'ı dinleyince perdeler üzerindeki parmak kayışlarının la basmalığın üstünde telleri sıkıştırıp yeğni verdiği titretmelerin büyüsüne kapılıyorsunuz.. Öyle değil mi? : -)

    31. Aug. 2008 Antworten
  • Hitlere

    lo maximo lee muy buenas liricas de exprecion nunca morira el rock and roll gente

    29. Okt. 2007 Antworten
  • Josh_38_80

    Why is this guys shoutbox empty? :( I only have his debut album so far, but its definately one of my favourite guitar virtuoso albums ever.

    18. Dez. 2006 Antworten