James Filkins- Acoustic Composer

A fingerstyle acoustic guitarist and composer who uses primarily alternate tunings, James Filkins creates acoustic instrumental music that is a bit new age, a bit Celtic, acoustically melodic, moody and sonically textured. His music is often inspired by the landscape and locations around Northwestern Lower Michigan where he resides, as well as places from his travels far and wide. Both of the title tracks from his new CD, Summer Sands and Sleeping Bears, were inspired by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and both Leland Harbor and the Schooner Inland Seas make an auditory appearance in the tune "Foamfollower."  Other tunes recall travels as far away England, Wales and Hawaii and as close his back deck in Traverse City, Michigan.

James' first CD, Borderline Normal, met with moderate success including:
-Several tracks being featured in both the fifth and eight seasons
of the PBS program Roadtrip Nation
-NPR's Open Mic
- Theme music for "Nature's Call" program on WIAA, Interlochen
- A Nomination by WYCE for a Jammie Award
- Honorable mention in the 2007 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest
and the West Coast Song Writers 2008 Contest
-Finalist in 9th Annual Great American Song Contest
-Charting on the Roots Music Report Folk Chart
-Charting on the Michigan Regional Roots Artists Radio Airplay Chart
-Airplay on WYCE, WEMU, WXDU, WIAA, WNMC, CKLN, KCUR, WWSP, WMHB, WSCS, HOMEGROWNRADIONJ, WWR-Whole Wheat Radio, Acoustic Accents, CLOUD365,RADIOnuages.com
-Songs from Borderline Normal are aired on the Instrumental/
New Age Channel at Galaxie of the CBC
-Several of his songs have been featured on compilation CDs
including the Hand Made Music CD

  • Member Since: 2007


David Michael Walsh
over 30 days ago to James Filkins

Nice work on Tears for a Princess and congratulations on being selected for an opportunity for placement. Nice work.

Regards, David Michael Walsh

David Michael Walsh
over 30 days ago to James Filkins

James, Congratulations on making the top ten New Age chart with Summer Sands nice piece.


David Michael Walsh

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The Empire of Creation
over 30 days ago

Hi David, wonderful music my friend, please create more and congratulations on being number one for new age on the whole planet here on broadjam. Thats rad

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