St. Louis Blues

My friend johnnyC directed me to this post at St. Louis Jazz Notes. It is about the upcoming release of Devil at the Confluence, a new book by Kevin Belford on pre-war blues in Saint Louis. I will track the blog for the book. This gallery on his site probably has a fair amount of overlap in the artwork, and this page has a list of Saint Louis pre-war blues musicians with some of his illustrations. The local Virginia Publishing is putting it out. Mad Art will host an exhibition of artwork featured in the book on Friday, September 11, 2009 7-11 PM among several planned events.

The book will come with a CD from Delmark Records. The Delmark label started in Saint Louis on Delmar Boulevard and later moved to Chicago. A book with illustrations and a CD leads me to expect a recently blogged R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz, & Country for Saint Louis. “Keep It Clean” by Charley Jordan better be on the CD. Listen on YouTube.


Michael M. on August 31st 2009 in General, Music

4 Responses to “St. Louis Blues”

  1. devilattheconfluence responded on 01 Sep 2009 at 1:16 am #

    The Mad Art event is Friday, September 11, 7 – 11pm.

  2. devilattheconfluence responded on 01 Sep 2009 at 1:29 am #

    Also, the bonus CD is compiled from Bob Koester‘s Delmark Records archives of recordings of the surviving rediscovered legends of St. Louis blues. Most recordings are from the late 1950s when Koester and Charlie O’Brien found the aged 1920s and 30s bluesmen and women in the city and recorded them one last time. Barrelhouse Buck, James Crutchfield, Speckled Red and Mary Johnson are a few of the artists who are included on the disc.

  3. Michael M. responded on 01 Sep 2009 at 10:33 am #

    Thank you for stopping by. I corrected the time for the Mad Art event.

  4. Cash responded on 12 Nov 2018 at 12:02 am #

    It’s a relief to find soeonme who can explain things so well

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