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Michael Lee Firkins


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Michael Lee Firkins is an American musician born in 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska. His father was a lap steel guitarist and his mother a pianist, leading him to embrace music at the age of eight, starting with the acoustic guitar. Self-taught for the most part, he took additional lessons at an Omaha music store.

By 1979 Michael had shifted to electric guitars, playing in local bands and in church until the age of 18. In 1985 he started touring the US with cover tune bands, but quit after becoming frustrated with playing cover tunes. He returned to his home town and started giving music lessons, until he recorded a 5-song demo tape which came to the attention of Guitar Player Magazine talent scouts. As a result, in 1990 he released his self-titled debut album, which sold an impressive 100,000 copies in the US and Europe, where he even garnered an Edison Award (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy Award).

Firkins has a unique style blending rock, country, blues and jazz, and a hybrid picking technique which combines fingerpicking and using the plectrum at the same time. He is also able to “shred” (play very fast sequences of notes, most often in solos) impressively.


* 1990 - Michael Lee Firkins
* 1994 - The Howling Iguanas
* 1995 - Chapter Eleven
* 1996 - Cactus Cruz
* 1999 - Decomposition
* 2007 - Blacklight Sonatas
* 2008 (expected) - Since 1967


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  • naturefirst

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

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mscotttx

    "I Need You" is a great song.

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • plan5878

    Thanks For Your Recommend last fm

    20 Dec 2011 Reply
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    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • cylastefem

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

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • Anand12

    Rain in the Tunnel is one awesome piece of music.

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • aaamiri

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

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • deathmantas

    the debut album is his most brilliant piece of work

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • 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 May 2009 Reply
  • BenjaminKrauze

    Cool, very bluish.

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • thesmartass

    soooo good

    10 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Terminator3

    Check out this link for the world's most underated axeman!

    7 Oct 2008 Reply
  • boraan

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

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Pobinr

    Bought Michael's 1st Album 20 years ago. Still love it. A trio that sounds like a 5 piece band ! Very clever full playing.

    21 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Hitlere

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

    29 Oct 2007 Reply
  • 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 Dec 2006 Reply

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