Monday, June 21, 2010

Dana Smith interviews Kevin Belford

"St Louis’ artists have contributed some of the most well-known and important aspects of the genre and most of the music authorities never realized or acknowledged this. Yet."

Dana Smith's work can be found here.

St Louis Uptown Blues at the Royale

Saturday June 26, 2010, 6 - 8 pm, No Cover.

A night of St Louis Uptown Blues with Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers
and the debut of the cocktail the "St Louis Blue Devil", designed by
Steve Smith and featuring an informal discussions with local music authors:
Daniel Durchholz author of "Neil Young: Long May You Run,"
Kevin Belford author of "Devil At The Confluence."

3132 Kingshighway

The Children's Illustrated Art Museum in ArtSpace

It's been too long since the last update but the problem was that the book has been so busy. Library talks, events and signings have gone unannounced here for a few months, but the next posts will change that. So many great things are happening.

The book is available directly from the publisher at Virginia Publishing's website.
The book is also available in St Louis at the St Louis source for blues music: BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, and also at The Archive on Cherokee and at Chesterfield Arts
Also, the book is on sale and the artwork can be seen at the Children's Illustrated Art Museum in Crestwood, Missouri. 

The Devil At The Confluence art exhibit at the Children's Illustrated Art Museum in the ArtSpace at Crestwood Court. 
37 Crestwood Court, Crestwood, MO 63126 
Wednesday - Thursday 11am - 4pm 
Saturday - Sunday 11 am - 4pm 
Last Saturday of the month 11am - 9pm

Wednesday - Thursday 11am - 4pm
Saturday - Sunday 11 am - 4pm
Last Saturday of the month 11am - 9pm
The artwork and images from the book of St Louis blues history by Kevin Belford.  This exhibition tells the story of the rich history of blues music in St. Louis. The home of ragtime music during Reconstruction, St. Louis' early blues piano players such as Speckled Red, Roosevelt Sykes, Peetie Wheatstraw, and Barrelhouse Buck invented the St Louis sound. The earliest and most popular blues guitarists were creating the national sound from their home in St. Louis, including Lonnie Johnson, Clifford Gibson, Charley Jordan, Jelly Jaw Short, Blind Blues Darby, Big Joe Williams and Henry Townsend. The heart and soul of the blues were the women singers like Mary Johnson, Edith Johnson, Alice Moore and Bessie Mae Smith - all national recording stars. The St. Louis Blues, Frankie and Johnny and Stagger Lee are among the American standards that came out of the St. Louis blues tradition into national prominence.