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Strong postwar blues

All Around the World
All Around the World
By Eddie Kirkland

Deluge Records: 1992

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This review first appeared in the February 8, 1993 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

With his turbaned head and clean, incisive guitar leads, Eddie Kirkland has always cut a distinctive figure in the blues world. And although he tours extensively, Kirkland has rarely been recorded to this point.

This album showcases Kirkland's sterling guitar playing, his energetic singing and his strong songwriting skills. Influenced by John Lee Hooker, he is also joined by his mentor on two cuts here.

Kirkland's overall style is closer to Muddy Waters' than Hooker's, though, especially in his singing. But his blues is of the lean, postwar electric variety both men favored, with a boogie woogie backbeat and lots of soloing.