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Eddie Kirkland

Born on a cotton plantation in Jamaica, Eddie Kirkland got his start in the music business at the age of 12 as part of the Sugar Girl’s Medicine Show. After a short stint with the show, Eddie landed in Indiana, moved on to New Orleans where he frequently appeared with the Louisiana Six, and finally settled in Detroit. Eddie worked at the Ford Motors plant in Detroit and played small clubs and house parties on the side. It was at one of these house parties that Eddie met John Lee Hooker, an event that had profound effects on both of their careers. For seven years, Eddie Kirkland and John Lee Hooker toured and made many recordings together

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Various Artists: Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest

Read "Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Stax Records defined the “Memphis Sound" of soul music in the 1960s. With a roster that took in Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas and Isaac Hayes, Stax and its sister label Volt provided the main competition to Motown as a home to classic soul acts. Three separate ...

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John Lee Hooker: The Modern, Chess & Vee-Jay Singles And Collection 1949-1962

Read "The Modern, Chess & Vee-Jay Singles And Collection 1949-1962" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Questo cofanetto contiene 4 CD e un bel libretto con un saggio di Paul Watts e informazioni molto dettagliate sui 101 brani contenuti nei dischetti argentati. Sono i pezzi registrati in quel decennio abbondante che va dal 1949 al 1962 dal mitico bluesman John Lee Hooker e pubblicati dalle etichette Modern, Chess e Vee-Jay. Una collezione ...

Take Five with Ted Sirota

Read "Take Five with Ted Sirota" reviewed by Ted Sirota

Meet Ted Sirota: Veteran Chicago drummer, Ted Sirota, has been playing the drums since 1980. Ted has lead his own band, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, since 1996. Rebel Souls have recorded five CD's for the Naim & Delmark labels. Ted has also played every Saturday night from 12:30-5:00am at Chicago's top jazz club, The Green Mill, ...

Booty Blues

Label: Hedda Records
Released: 2006

The Hawg - Them Bones

Label: Repertoire Records
Released: 2005

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Eddie Kirkland: The Complete Trix Recordings

Read "The Complete Trix Recordings" reviewed by Ed Kopp

The Complete Trix Recordings is a reasonably priced two-CD collection consisting of two separate albums Eddie Kirkland recorded during the early ‘70s for the Trix label. These two discs are so dissimilar one might reasonably conclude that different artists recorded them, but such is the versatility of Jamaica-born bluesman Kirkland. Front and Center is ...

Lonely Street

Label: Telarc Records
Released: 1999

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Eddie Kirkland: Lonely Street

Read "Lonely Street" reviewed by Ed Kopp

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. ...


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