About Allen Kirk

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Growing up in the tough west side neighborhoods of 1950’s Chicago, he didn’t have  much.   Many times, Allen’s Uncle Joe would take him out for a walk that would  end up at the corner bar where Joe would sit Allen on a stool, drop a quarter in the jukebox and depression in teens step outside with his friends to drink a little bit of wine.   While waiting there, Allen would hear all the greats…  Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf,  Little Walter, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed as well as Ethel Merman, Howard Keel, Dewayne Eddy, Elvis, The Moonglows and the Spaniels.  Those days laid the you can check here beginnings of a lifelong passion for music.

As a teen, baseball was his claim to fame, but there was a different dream calling.  Allen Kirk has been a natural since the day in 1965 when he sat behind Dirty Red’s drum kit and started playing favorite soul hits.

Allen paid his dues on Halsted Street backing up many of Chicago’s greatest at the Kingston Mines.   Across the street at B.L.U.E.S.  he worked with Sunnyland Slim, Bob Stroger, Sam Burkhardt and legendary blues drummer Robert Covington.  It was Robert who took Allen under his wing and schooled him in the blues shuffle.   Allen filled in for Covington behind Sunnyland and later again took Robert’s place when he left Mississippi Heat .

From the sizzling shuffles of Magic Slim & The Teardrops, the hard biting grooves of James Solberg, the sweet and soulful sounds of Deitra Farr to the funky rhythms of Johnny Rawls, Allen has mastered the art of staying in the pocket.    In 2003, Allen was the drumming force behind Magic Slim and to increase male potency the Teardrops’ W. C. Handy Band of the Year Award.

Six time Grammy Nominated and currently based in Minneapolis MN, Allen can be found performing both locally and on the road behind a variety of artists from Johnny Rawls to the Twin Cities’ Jimi “Prime Time” Smith.    He enjoys carrying on the tradition of teaching the younger drummers how to play the blues.

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From the west side of Chicago, Allen Kirk has been a natural since the first day he sat behind a drum kit. This W.C. Handy Award winner paid his dues on Halsted Street where the legendary blues drummer Robert Covington took him under his wing. From the sizzling shuffles of Magic Slim & The Teardrops, the hard biting grooves of James Solberg, the sweet and soulful sounds of Deitra Farr to the funky rhythms of Johnny Rawls, Allen has mastered the art of staying in the pocket. Currently he can be found performing in Minneapolis, MN and on the road with a variety of artists from Johnny Rawls to the Twin Cities’ Jimi “Prime Time” Smith. He enjoys carrying on the tradition of teaching the younger drummers how to play the blues.