James Filkins is a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, recording artist, and sonic meanderer. He creates organic instrumentals that are ambient, a bit new age, a bit Celtic, acoustically melodic, and infused with vibrant, resonant, moody atmospheres and sonic textures.
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. His album Summer Sands and Sleeping Bears (2012), was 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.” Similarly, his new album, Cranes in the Moonlight, includes tracks inspired by Good Harbor Bay and Port Oneida. The cover of the album is a visualization of the title track created by Northern Michigan artist Glenn Wolff.
James Filkins’ recordings are available from his website, Bandcamp, and iTunes as well as streaming platforms worldwide, including Pandora’s Chill Guitar, Relaxing Guitar, and Guitar Editorial Stations and over 100 Spotify playlists.