Mike Flanigin Became Pro Musician By Accident

(The Blues) Organ player Mike Flanigin has just released his debut album featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons - yet he admits he became a full-time musician by accident.

Flanigin tells the Austin Chronicle: "I still can't believe I ever became a musician. I never aspired to it. I didn't really know it was possible - I just kind of backed into it by accident."

Flanigin joined his first band when he was 24 as a guitarist in 1990. "There were a million gigs in Dallas and they all paid $250, split four ways," he says. "All of a sudden, I'm a musician. Nobody is more surprised than I am."

His switch to his main instrument, the Hammond B-3, also happened by accident when he was playing at an Austin club on steel guitar and spied a little used old Hammond on stage. Read more here.

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