Crossroads

Fridays at 10pm, Sundays at 7pm

Crossroads is KMUW’s contemporary blues and soul show. Hosted by Chris Heim, the program highlights blues, R&B and soul from the post-war era to the present, from classic recordings to new releases, and from mainstream sounds to a diverse and wide-ranging collection of artists and recordings with roots in the blues and branches in nearly every other musical genre.

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May 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with music from Harry Manx, Slide to Freedom. Michael Messer’s Mitra and Taj Mahal’s Hula Blues Band.

Plus - some classic tracks for the birthdays of Albert King (5.25) and Junior Parker (5.27); previews of regional blues shows in the coming week; a few more Blues Music Award winners left out of last week’s show; and new music from Marcia Ball, Nick Moss, the Lucky Losers, and previously unreleased music from Jimi Hendrix.

May 18/20

Crossroads highlights music from this year’s Blues Music Awards winners, just announced last week, including Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo', Rick Estrin, Ruthie Foster, Robert Cray and more.

Friday is also the birthday of legendary Kansas City blues shouter Big Joe Turner and classic and rare tracks from him are on tap.

Plus more music for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, and new music from the Rae Gordon Band, Victor Wainwright, Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, Mike Zito, and Beth Hart with Joe Bonamassa.

May 11/13

Crossroads kicks off the May Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with music from some artists who bring together Indian music and blues – Slide to Freedom and Harry Manx.

We also remember Charles Neville and Deborah Coleman, who passed away in April.

And Sunday (May 13) is Stevie Wonder’s birthday – in hour one of the show a cover of one of his songs from the Deep Blue Organ Trio and a hit song Wonder wrote for Rufus with Chaka Khan. Then in hour two a Stevie Wonder special featuring many of his classic tracks.

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  1. Nick Moss Band – The High Cost of Low Living (Alligator)
  1. Danielle Nicole – Cry No More (Concord)
  1. Orphan Jon & the Abandoned – Abandoned No More (Rip Cat)
  1. Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn)
  1. Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  1. Sue Foley – The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  1. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee (J&R Adventures)
  1. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band – Back to Chicago (Delmark)
  1. Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hard (Alligator)
  1. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – Soul Flowers of Titan (Bloodshot)

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May 4/6

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

Marcia Ball and Ry Cooder, back with new albums

The latest from Kansas City’s Grand Marquis

A live set from veteran blues rockers Savoy Brown

Reissues of two classic albums from Geoff & Maria Muldaur

And the one and only Blind Lemon Pledge

April 27/29

Each year in advance of the Blues Music Awards, the Blues Foundation has a special ceremony to induct the year’s new entrants into the Blues Hall of Fame. In this special edition of Crossroads, we’ll feature music from the 2018 inductees for performers, albums, and singles – along with a special in hour two about the Parrot label started by DJ and businessman Al Benson, another of this year’s inductees. Music from B.B. King, Albert King, the Staple Singers, and more will be featured in the show.

The Blues Foundation has posted more information about this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees here: https://blues.org/hall/

April 20/22

Crossroads continues the April Guitar Month feature with music from Jimmie Vaughan (including a special featuring him in hour two of the show), Earl Hooker, Dave Specter, Peter Parcek and Eric Clapton. Plus a preview of a new album from Van Morrison with organist Joey DeFrancesco, and new music from Al Basile, Danielle Nicole, Orphan Jon & the Abandoned and the Nick Moss Band.

April 13/15

Crossroads features great blues guitarists for the April International Guitar Month feature, including a Stevie Ray Vaughan special in hour two of the show.

Plus blues concert previews for the coming week; birthdays of Al Green, Lowell George, and pioneering Crescent City studio owner Cosimo Matassa; new releases and more.

April 6/8

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

Blues from Finland from the Wentus Blues Band

Myles Goodwyn with an all-star lineup of blues friends

The Jimmie Vaughan Trio

An all-star Chicago blues lineup in the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band

A preview of Crescent City bluesman Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington’s new album

And reissues and compilations featuring Jimi Hendrix, Blind Willie McTell, Robert Nighthawk, Otis Blackwell, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Dr. John.

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  1. Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  1. Sue Foley – The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  1. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee (J&R Adventures)
  1. Curtis Salgado/Alan Hagar – Rough Cut (Alligator)
  1. Victor Wainwright & the Train – Victor Wainwright & the Train (Ruf)
  1. James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (Daptone)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)
  1. Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn)
  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)
  1. Nick Moss Band – The High Cost of Low Living (Alligator)

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