Eddie has gone to his resting place to meet his mother in the Gates of Heaven....
RIP Eddie Kirkland.
Suncoast Blues Society
What heartbreaking news! I was just watching a YouTube of Eddie's, Slow
Drivin', I think it was. Two thirds of the way into it, he breaks a
string, but as always, the consummate blues man carries on, not a beat
skipped. He was a true gem, a legend. Left it all out on the floor every
time I saw him.
I've always imagined a kinship with those like the "Gypsy of the Blues",
admiring their grit and determination for taking their musical love on
the road, day after day, year after year. In my own little SUV, an
ornament dangles from the rearview mirror that says "Life is a Journey",
and I've even dubbed my ride "Gypsy". But, those like
gypsies, driven by heart and soul most of us will never know, much less
imagine. And, what's more, they do it to give it all away.
One quote of his I love says it all about the man:
"If one person appreciates what I'm doing it's just as good as a million.
A lot of places we've played, after I paid the band I didn't have a dime.
But it was a good show. I was happy. That's it for me. It's my life."
Peace to you, Eddie, on your last long, slow drive, obviously with tons
of good company. We'll miss you, but your memory will linger on with fans
like me forever. R.I.P. You have definitely earned it.
Cry a river of tears for the Lord has called the road warrior home. 8:30 am, Feburary 27th 2011 in Tampa, Florida."
- Eddie Kirkland's homepage.
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said "Eddie was a blues legend, known as the Gypsy of the Blues. He
lived for and died on the road. I saw him on Friday while he was on his
way to a show in the Tampa area. He was sharp, alert and had logged
hundreds of thousands of miles driving across the US and Europe. May he
rest in peace ... " Most of us on this list have seen Eddie several
times and many knew him personally. My condolences to all. Its a sad day.
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — An 88-year-old blues legend known as the "Gypsy of the Blues" was killed in Florida when his car turned into the path of a Greyhound bus.
Eddie Kirkland was travelling southeast on U.S. Highway 98 in Crystal River, north of Tampa, about 8:30 a.m. Sunday when he tried to make a U-turn in front of the bus, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The bus, which was travelling northwest, pushed Kirkland's Ford Taurus about 200 yards before the vehicles stopped.
Kirkland was flown to Tampa General Hospital, where he later died.
Thirteen passengers were on the bus, which was being driven by 67-year-old James Smith of Tallahassee, the Highway Patrol said. No one on the bus was injured.
The Highway Patrol continued to investigate the accident Monday.
According to his website, Kirkland, who lived in Macon, Ga., performed Saturday night at the Dunedin Brewery in Dunedin, the final stop in a four-city swing through Florida in February. His tour was to pick up April 8 in Pensacola.
Born in Jamaica, and raised in Alabama, Kirkland eventually moved to Indiana before he settled in Detroit. He polished his blues sound and toured for 7 1/2 years with John Lee Hooker. He moved to Georgia, became a bandleader for Otis Redding and performed with a variety of artists, including Little Richard, Ben King, Ruth Brown and Little Johnnie Taylor.
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