He was with George Morrison's band from 1919 until 1925, then spent three years with Terence Holder's "Dark Clouds Of Joy" in Dallas, Texas. In 1929, he was elected leader after Holder departed. Renaming the band Clouds Of Joy. Kirk also relocated the band from Dallas to Kansas City, Kansas where he made his headquarters until 1936.
In 1948, Kirk disbanded the Clouds Of Joy and continued to work as a musician, but eventually switched to hotel management and real estate.