Michael Lee Firkins
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||One Big Punch (Crying Stacks)||Michael Lee Firkins||5:41||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Two Guns Left||Michael Lee Firkins||6:02||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Black Betty||Michael Lee Firkins||4:08||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||I-680 Waltz||Michael Lee Firkins||5:19||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||The Horse and the Fly||Michael Lee Firkins||3:05||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Now's Your Time Blues||Michael Lee Firkins||4:21||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Theme from Sanford and Son (The Streetbeater)||Michael Lee Firkins||6:23||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Took the Words Right Outta My Mouth||Michael Lee Firkins||4:56||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Blacklight Sonata||Michael Lee Firkins||6:59||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
In the early '90s, six-string whiz kid Michael Lee Firkins was getting widespread praise in all the guitar publications at the time — especially with the release of his self-titled debut album from 1990. And despite releasing several other albums throughout the remainder of the decade, guitar shred albums abruptly took a backseat to other rock styles — hence affording Firkins a cult following, but certainly not on the scale of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, or Yngwie Malmsteen. And after 1999's Decomposition, fans patiently waited for Firkins' next solo released. And waited...and waited. Finally arriving in 2007, Black Light Sonatas is exactly what you'd expect from Firkins — bluesy and country-based licks abound, without sacrificing any of the rock. Featured are tunes that showcase Firkins' soloing capabilities, especially the album opener, "One Big Punch (Crying Stacks)," as well as a tough, rockin' cover of "Black Betty," and some sweet n' soulful guitar work on the album-ending title track. The wait was certainly a tad too long between albums, but all of Firkins' expected sonic components are well represented throughout Black Light Sonatas.
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s