Friday, August 28, 2009

Look inside the book

A preview of a few of the pages inside Devil At The Confluence, 
the first comprehensive book ever published on the history of the 
blues music of St. Louis. 

More than a beautiful coffee-table book, the original illustrations, vintage
advertising and rare photographs detail the chronological story of what the St. Louis blues are, who the St. Louis blues musicians were, and how their careers began in St. Louis. Included with the book is a special compact disc of recordings by St Louis legends from Delmark Records.

Pre-orders by mail are $45 and signed by the author. 
To request a pre-order form, email: 
devilattheconfluence ( at )

A limited supply of advance copies are being sold at events in St Louis:

Sept 5 -6, at the Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede's Landing at the St Louis Blues Society booth.

Sept 11, a one night only exhibit at the Mad Art Gallery, 7 pm - 11pm.

Sept 19, The Old Webster Blues and Jazz Festival. Book signing at Webster Records, 2pm.

More events to be announced soon.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The devil is here.

The advance copies of Devil At The Confluence are coming in batches this week. The earliest pre-orders are being filled and some really nice reviews and mentions are coming out already.

A national retail bookstore has the book listed to ship in September and they are taking pre-orders, but the book will not be available to any of the retail outlets until October 1, 2009.

The first chance to get the book is being saved for St Louisans because it's the city's history and it's the time to celebrate it. 
Here are the first of a number of events where the book will be on sale:

Saturday, Sept. 5 & Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009.
The Big Muddy Blues Festival.

The St Louis Blues Society will be selling books at their booth. These books will benefit the blues society for a number of really important goals that they have in keeping the legacy of the music alive. The supply of books available for the festival weekend is limited, so get your copy early and help a terrific cause at the same time.

Friday, Sept 11, 2009.
Mad Art Gallery proudly presents artwork from Kevin Belford's book Devil at the Confluence: The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis, one night only, September 11, 2009.

More info on events later as things get finalized, but we can hint that the book might be available at the Old Webster Blues and Jazz Festival and at the Blues City Deli's street party.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

September 11, 2009 event: The Art of Devil At The Confluence exhibit at the Mad Art Gallery

Mad Art Gallery proudly presents artwork from Kevin Belford's forthcoming book Devil at the Confluence: The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis, 
one night only, Friday, September 11, 2009.

more info:

Monday, August 3, 2009


There have been a lot of requests to pre-order the book, 
even though we don't have a shipping date yet. 
We only know that the books will be here sometime in September.

So we're going to try to do this the old pre-internet way – 
through the U.S. Postal Service.
If you'd like to reserve your signed copy of 
Devil At The Confluence
please send an email to
devilattheconfluence ( at ), 
tell us what state or country you're in 
and we'll give you the mail-order information.

We're very encouraged by the flood of requests and 
of course, there will be many opportunities at 
local events to get the book. 
And all of that will be announced here soon. 
Thanks everyone!