The Pre-War Blues music of St. Louis, Missouri. Out of ragtime, out of jazz, out of big band music and beyond, American music came into its own due to the talents and experiences of the musicians at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Included with the illustrated pages is a special compact disc of rare and often some of the last recorded performances recordings by St. Louis legends, including early blues masters Barrelhouse Buck, Speckled Red, Roosevelt Sykes, and many more. Devil at the Confluence tells the untold story of the profound connection between these historical blues artists and their ties to St. Louis. Artist Kevin Belford combines years of scholarly research and discovery with his well-renowned artwork to present a book that chronicles various legendary talents that built the base for what is now called American popular music.