Hamilton Kirkland a.k.a. "Harmonica Ham," was born in Greensboro, Georgia, the son of a Baptist preacher.
After taking up harmonica in his early 20s, Ham went on to win several awards for his country music playing, including twice winning the National Harmonica Championship. He honed his "blues-infused country" style while performing in various "dance-hall" and country show bands, sharing the stage with such notables as Hank Thompson, Rhonda Vincent and Chelee Wright.
The influences of blues men such as Little Walter Jacobs, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield and Muddy Waters are apparent in the earthy tones Ham squeezes from the harp.
This latest CD, "Another Side of Ham" shows off his versatility, ranging from roots country to rockin' jump blues to a haunting Scottish melody. Two original harp instrumentals, "Shawnee Shuffle" and "Ham's Slow Walk" round out the mix.