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The 69-year-old bluesman Eddie Kirkland obviously absorbed a lot during his stints with John Lee Hooker and Otis Redding. Kirkland is one soulful singer, guitarist and harmonica player. Lonely Street is a raw and lively collection of guitar-based blues featuring Richard Bell, Tab Benoit, Jaimoe, Cub Koda, Sonny Landreth, Kenny Neal, Christine Ohlman and G.E. Smith. When Kirkland sings the blues you really believe he has the blues. The man is a great emoter, and this diverse blues offering is worth checking out.