Clay Kirkland's wide range of musical experience and training enables him to teach many styles of harmonica to students of all ages, skill and interest.
In concert, Kirkland has performed country with Willie Nelson, rock and roll with Chuck Berry, hip-hop with the Flobots, jazzy blues with Robben Ford, the real roots blues with Sleepy John Estes, East meets West with the Royal Musicians of Nepal, and Southern rock with the Derrick Trucks Band. He has twice performed as a featured soloist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. His orchestral blues composition, "Brahms in Blue", morphs Brahms Third symphony into a Muddy Waters song. Kirkland wrote the musical score for the entire orchestra. He has toured the U. S. with country/Broadway star, Gary Morris and with world champion rodeo cowboy, Larry Mahan and his Great American Cowboy Band. Kirkland has opened shows for B.B. King, Kansas, Leon Russell, the Steve Miller Band, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Paycheck, et. al.
In over twenty five years Kirkland has taught thousands of people to play harmonica. He is known for his patience, humor, and the ability to make a musician of anyone. In November, 2013, Clay was presented the Swallow Hill Music Distinguished Faculty Award.