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Playing the blues since he was two. Perhaps not a long shot since Michael is a 3rd generation picker, homegrown in The Mile High City. Legendary Denver blues guitarist Bobby Hornbuckle had Michael backing him up in his band at 13 as a drummer. While Bobby's journey ended in 96', Michael and brother Brian on Bass grabbed the torch. Michael inherited Bobby's old gibson 335. Some say a piece of Bobby's soul, and ability to play guitar were transmitted. Michael's quick to point out however just how much time he spent learning and practicing was 2nd to none. Never the less it was a quick transition. Their 1st release in 98' "Pass The Torch" was a raw and respected album that fans continue to seek.
Opening for the like of B.B. King, The Allman Brothers, Def Leppard, Z.Z. Top, Lynard Skynard, Gov't Mule, James Brown, Styx, Bad Company, and many more in the most renowned local and national venues was a result of opening for the Doobie Brothers at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in 98', and the relationship built with local legendary morning show personalities, Lewis & Floorwax on 103.5 The Fox.
Michael released "Lost & Found By Trial & Error", in 05', and took it as an opportunity to explore and refine a songwriting ability that is truly unique, yet holds true to his simple blues roots.
He spent time touring the country with Texas blues monster, Vince Converse and releasing the acoustic blues album Conbuckle Station "Here Come The Blues" on New Shoes Records.
2012, Michael is now in L.A. Spending time doing session work for Universal Picture soundtracks and recording and releasing a new album under simply, 'HORNBUCKLE,', entitled" Virtue & Vice". The album was immediately embrace by fans, and raved about as being a soulful ride through the good, bad, and the ugly.
Reunited with his brother Brian, these are exciting times. Professionalism, work ethic, and dedication are the principles that Michael diligently adheres to, which allow him to continue to play for his loyal and growing audience.