Posted on: 07 Mar 2011, IST
Kirkland performed with some of the greatest names in Blues and Soul, including John Lee Hooker and Otis Redding and cut albums with artists such as King Curtis and Sonny Landreth. His rigorous touring schedule earned him the nickname “Gypsy of the Blues”. His many albums include “It’s the Blues Man!”, “Have Mercy” and “Democrat Blues”.
Kirkland was renowned for this impassioned singing, wailing guitar lines, vibrant stage presence and boundless energy. He was quite an acrobat on stage. During one of his performances with the British band Foghat he did a back somersault while continuing to play the guitar.