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Eddie Kirkland

Born: 
08/16/1923
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Died: 
02/27/2011
Years Active: 
1930's-2011
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Edward Kirkland was born to a 12-year-old mother in either Dothan, AL (according to his family), or in Kingston, Jamaica (according to him). In either case, he was known to have been living in Dothan by the time he was a small child. He was known as the "Gypsy of the Blues" because of his rigorous touring schedule.

After his discharge from the US Army, Kirkland traveled to Detroit where his mother had relocated. After a days work at the Ford Rouge Plant, Kirkland played his guitar at house parties and there he met John Lee Hooker. Kirkland was a frequent second guitarist in recordings from 1949-1962. "It was difficult playin' behind Hooker but I had a good ear and was able to move in behind him on anything he did." Kirkland became Hooker's road manager and the two traveled from Detroit to the Deep South on many tours, the last being in 1962 when Hooker abandoned Kirkland to go overseas. After his period of working in tandem with Hooker he pursued a successful solo career, recording for RPM Records, Fortune Records, Volt Records and King Records, sometimes under the stage name Eddie Kirk. Kirkland continued to tour, write and record albums until his death in February 2011.

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Country
Eddie Kirkland Recording Session 12/08/1961 Van Gelder Studio Englewood Cliffs New Jersey USA
Eddie Kirkland Recording Session 03/09/1962 Van Gelder Studio Englewood Cliffs New Jersey USA
Benefit for the NY Public Library 09/30/1977 The Palladium NYC New York USA
Eddie Kirkland 06/27/1980 Rainbow Bar & Grill Montréal Quebec Canada
Eddie Kirkland 06/28/1980 Rainbow Bar & Grill Montréal Quebec Canada
Eddie Kirkland 06/29/1980 Rainbow Bar & Grill Montréal Quebec Canada
1st Annual Blues Festival 08/16/1980 Britannia Park Ottawa Ontario Canada
Eddie Kirkland 04/25/1986 Tobacco Road Miami Florida USA
Eddie Kirkland 04/26/1986 Tobacco Road Miami Florida USA
Eddie Kirkland & the Energy Blues Band 09/18/1987 Night Shift Café Naugatuck Connecticut USA
Eddie Kirkland 04/22/1988 Night Shift Café Naugatuck Connecticut USA
Eddie Kirkland 05/06/1988 Tobacco Road Miami Florida USA
Eddie Kirkland 05/07/1988 Tobacco Road Miami Florida USA
Eddie Kirkland 05/27/1988 Tobacco Road Miami Florida USA
Eddie Kirkland 05/28/1988 Tobacco Road Miami Florida USA
Eddie Kirkland 05/29/1988 Skipper's Smokehouse Tampa Florida USA
Eddie Kirkland 02/24/1989 Grand Emporium Kansas City Missouri USA
10th Annual Montreal International Jazz Festival 07/03/1989 Le Spectrum de Montréal Montréal Quebec Canada
Eddie Kirkland 02/11/1990 Bon Ton Square Fort Lauderdale Florida USA
Eddie Kirkland 03/10/1990 Night Shift Café Naugatuck Connecticut USA
Eddie Kirkland 10/18/1991 Fanny's Starlight Lounge Windsor Ontario Canada
Eddie Kirkland 10/19/1991 Fanny's Starlight Lounge Windsor Ontario Canada
5th Annual Toledo Rock Rhythm & Blues Festival 05/30/1993 Promenade Park Toledo Ohio USA