Devil at the Confluence: The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis, Missouri

Kevin Belford’s book, Devil at the Confluence: The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis, Missouri has been in bookstores since September 2009. This seminal book restores to St. Louis its due recognition on the early blues music which impacted some of the greatest popular music in American history. The factual truth-bearing of the development of St. Louis jazz and blues music combined with Belford’s exceptional artwork make this book a must-have for all blues and jazz lovers, music history buffs, and St. Louisans in the know.

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“There’s a strange allure in these tales, resurrected by Kevin Belford, as he reveals St. Louis’ lost blues heritage. Belford’s richly drawn illustrations bring to life the forgotten men and women who played the blues as well as the city streets and clubs they inhabited.”  –Ron (Johnny Rabbitt) Elz, Host of “Route 66” on KMOX/CBS Radio, St. Louis

“I see St. Louis itself as the third party in the love triangle that we contemplate as we fantasize about the blues moving north from the farms of the south to the cities of the North, from Memphis to Chicago, from Clarksdale to Detroit, from Savannah to New York. St. Louis is the spot on the map that so many skip over when they look to Texas as the source of the blues. Texas Alexander scolds us about forever romanticizing Chicago when contemplating the blues woman’s journey: ‘I followed my woman to the St. Louis fair.” Or as James Stump Johnson suggested, ‘Take me to Kirkwood, I can make St. Louis all by myself.” –from the foreword by Paul Garon