Saturday, March 12, 2011
“Sometime in your life you’re gonna need the blues. You been left by a girl? You had bad luck? Listening to the blues’ll help you overcome your troubles. As long as people got trouble, I’ll still be playing the blues.” – Eddie Kirkland, 1999
Eddie Kirkland, blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, died at 87 in an auto accident in Florida on February 27. Known as the Gypsy of the Blues, Kirkland played with John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding and many others. Though he never was accorded great renown, his 2009 performance of “Honey Bee” above in Germany made his dynamism clear. Demonstrating the universality of the blues, Kirkland was backed up by the Wentus Blues Band from Finland.