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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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April 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the Jazz Appreciation Month/B3 Blues feature with some bluesy organ featured in tracks by the Chartbusters, Greg Skaff, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Moreland & Arbuckle, and in honor of her centennial birthday, Ella Fitzgerald - plus a special featuring soul jazz organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith in hour two of the show.

April 21/23

Crossroads continues its month-long tribute to James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks and Chuck Berry, who all recently passed away. There’s music from Cotton from both the mid ’70s and one of his last albums, a classic from Berry, and Brooks’ album with two other Texas blues masters, Long John Hunter and Phillip Walker. Plus concert previews and more B3 Blues for Jazz Appreciation Month, including music from Adrienne Fenemor, Johnny Hammond Smith, and a special in hour two about one of the legends of jazz organ and pioneer of soul jazz, Jimmy Smith.

April 7/9

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:

The latest from blues favorites Robert Cray, Eric Bibb, Coco Montoya and Billy Flynn

Corky Siegel returns with his Chamber Blues project

A compilation of classics from Aretha Franklin

Album Cover Art

  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Greaseland All Stars – Live! (Little Village Foundation)


March 31/April 2

Crossroads features music from James Cotton as a leader and early in his career as a member of Muddy Water’s band. Cotton passed away earlier this month.

Also this time, it’s a birthday salute to Oklahoma-born, West Coast-based blues great Lowell Fulson, who wrote several classic blues songs and was an inspiration to B.B. King and Ray Charles, among others.

Plus a final fling with March featured artists Aretha Franklin and Rufus Thomas, and new music from Samantha Fish, Elvin Bishop and Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials.

March 24/26

Crossroads continues with more music from March featured artists Aretha Franklin and Rufus Thomas. Franklin’s 75th birthday is March 25 and Rufus Thomas’s centennial birthday is March 26th. This time some classic tracks from Aretha, along with the first recording Thomas did for the Stax label, an early hit with his daughter Carla Thomas. Thomas was a big part of the Stax story and in hour two of the show, we present a House of Blues special about Stax with guest Al Bell, a later co-owner and executive with the label.

KMUW Music is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency, and Crossroads on Friday, March 17 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village will be celebrating with a wide array of Irish sounds, from traditional to contemporary, along with classic recordings and more recent releases. Among the artists featured: Van Morrison, Lunasa, Kila, the Chieftains, Afro Celt Sound System and Altan.

March 17/19

Crossroads continues with more music from March featured artists Aretha Franklin and Rufus Thomas, including classic tracks Thomas did for both Sun and Stax Records, and a cover of a Nat King Cole hit done by Aretha Franklin.

March 10/12

Crossroads kicks off the March feature celebrating the 75th birthday of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and the centennial birthday of Memphis soul legend Rufus Thomas (including music from his daughters Carla and Vaneese Thomas).

The 2017 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees were just announced and Crossroads will highlight the artists and recordings being honored this year, including Mavis Staples, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, and more.