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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April 29/May 1

Crossroads wraps up its month-long celebration of the 120th birthday of Rev. Gary Davis with classic songs that Davis recorded and that were covered by Dave Van Ronk, and Rambling Jack.

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April 22/24

Crossroads continues its month long celebration of the 120th birthday of gospel blues great, Rev. Gary Davis, with music from one of his classic albums, Harlem Street Singer, and covers of his songs from Rory Block, the Sojourners, and the Ragpicker String Band.

If musicians, both past and present, have struggled with how to make a living, Rev. Gary Davis offers one of the rare counterexamples of an artist who spurned opportunities to pursue what he saw as a higher calling.

Davis was a brilliant and eclectic guitarist, an inspired and beloved teacher, an enormous influence on the folk and blues booms of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, and the creator of such classics as "Candy Man," “Death Don't Have No Mercy," "I Belong to the Band," and "Samson and Delilah."

April 15/17

Crossroads celebrates birthdays of the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith (including a special about her life and music in hour two of the show), and soul and gospel singer Mighty Sam McClain. Plus more for the April gospel blues feature – including music from the Holmes Brothers and Wee Willie Walker –   along with concert previews, and new music from L.A.’s Dennis Jones, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and the Jon Spear Band.

April 8/10

Crossroads highlights recordings from the Impressions, Clifton Chenier, and Blind Willie McTell that were just inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

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 1.                Elmore James - The Complete Singles As & Bs 1951-62 (Acrobat)

2.                James Hunter Six - Hold On! (Daptone)

3.                Benny Turner - When She's Gone (Nola Blue)

4.                Michael Messer's Mitra - Call of the Blues (Knife Edge)

5.                Toni Lynn Washington – I Wanna Dance (Regina Royale)

6.                Andy Santana & the West Coast Playboys - Watch Your Step! (Delta Groove)

7.                Harmonica Shah - If You Live to Get Old, You Will Understand (Electro-Fi)

April 1/3

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to highlight the best in new blues releases. Among the highlights this time are new albums from:

Soul blues singer and harp man Curtis Salgado

Singer Janiva Magness

Crescent City “Prodigal Son” Keith Stone

“The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Charles Bradley

Jazzy B3 player King Louie with singer LaRhonda Steele

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March 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the month long salute to this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees with recordings from Mamie Smith, Jimmy Rogers, and Leroy Carr that will go into the Hall of Fame this year.

March 18/20

Crossroads continues with more music from March featured artists Jimmie Vaughan and this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees - John Mayall, the Memphis Jug Band, Jimmy Johnson, Eddy Clearwater, and Elvin Bishop – plus a House of Blues special featuring Elvin Bishop in hour two of the show. Plus a birthday salute to legendary soulman Wilson Pickett, music from artists with concerts in the coming week, and the latest and best in new blues releases.

March 11/13

Crossroads features music from March featured artists Jimmie Vaughan (as a leader and with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and, in hour two, a House of Blues special with Vaughan as a special guest) and this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees – this time including Jimmy Johnson, Elvin Bishop, and Eddy Clearwater. Plus new music from the Knickerbocker All Stars, Andy Santana, and Toni Lynn Washington, and artists with concerts in the coming week.

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