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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1:51 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

New Month/New Music Time At The Crossroads

Otis Taylor's latest album 'Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat'
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May 1/3, 2015

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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads:

Top flight blues artists Otis Taylor, the Cash Box Kings, and Tad Robinson

  Veteran performers Jorma Kaukonen, and John Mayall (with his 1967 Bluesbreakers lineup including Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood)

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12:36 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

More Jazz Appreciation Feature & A Louis Jordan Special + Remembering Percy Sledge

Jump blues great Louis Jordan

April 24/26

This week at the Crossroads we wrap up the April Jazz Appreciation Month feature with more jazzy-blues sounds and a special celebrating jump blues great Louis Jordan. Plus a tribute to Percy Sledge, the birthday of blues legend Albert King, and new music from Brad Absher & Swamp Royale, Shaun Murphy, and JJ Grey & Mofro.

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9:39 am
Tue April 14, 2015

National Recording Registry Inductees & The Blues And Jazz Of Jimmy Witherspoon

Jazz-singer Jimmy Witherspoon

April 17/19

Crossroads spotlights recordings newly inducted into the National Recording Registry; showcases new music from Albert Castiglia, Rory Block, the Duke Robillard Band, and Rob Stone; and, for the April feature celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month – music from T Bone Walker, organist Joey DeFrancesco with guitarist Danny Gatton, soul jazz organist Reuben Wilson, and blues-jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon – including his version of a Billie Holiday classic and a special in hour two chronicling his life and music.

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11:08 am
Thu April 9, 2015

The Blues-Jazz Connection For Jazz Appreciation Month

Roomful of Blues Live at the Ocean Mist

April 10/12

Crossroads kicks off the April feature celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month exploring the many connections between blues and jazz. Highlights this time include music from soul jazz organists Groove Holmes and Charles Kynard, jazz and soul saxophonist King Curtis, and Kansas City shouter Big Joe Turner with jump blues band Roomful of Blues.

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11:57 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Crossroads Top 40 Albums For March 2015

'Chicago Harp Blues Sessions' from Martin Lang
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1.       Martin Lang - Chicago Harp Blues Sessions (Random Chance)

2.       Tinsley Ellis - Tough Love (Heartfixer Music)

3.       Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

4.       Raphael Wressnig - Soul Gumbo (Pepper Cake)

5.       Pops Staples - Don't Lose This (Anti-)

6.       Junior Wells - Southside Blues Jam (Delmark)

7.       Brad Absher & Swamp Royale - Lucky Dog (Montrose)

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12:59 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

New Month/New Music Time At The Crossroads

'Into The Sun' from Robben Ford

April 3/5

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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads are the latest from Shaun Murphy, Robben Ford, Anthony Gomes, Brad Hatfield, Brandon Santini, and a new compilation of the complete Chuck Berry Chess singles. Plus music from blues artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

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2:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Wrapping Up Our Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial/Gospel Blues Celebration

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Lucky Millinder Orchestra

March 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the March Sister Rosetta Tharpe/Gospel Blues feature with a classic from Tharpe with Marie Knight and an early recording she did with the Lucky Millinder Orchestra, along with music from Sister Wynona Carr, Otis Clay, the Golden Gate Quartet, and in hour two of the show, a special performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers.

Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and from Steve Hill, the winner of this year’s blues Juno Award.

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9:41 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial, Regional Concerts & More

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

March 20/22

Friday is the centennial birthday of gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Crossroads continues the month-long feature with more music from her, one of her classic songs performed by the Holmes Brothers, related gospel blues, and a House of Blues Gospel Blues special in hour two of the show.

Plus music from Marcia Ball, who also celebrates a birthday Friday, and from several artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

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10:01 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial, New Music & A Concert Roundup

Gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe

March 13/15

Crossroads kicks off the Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial feature with the first song ever recorded by the gospel blues great, music from a tribute album featuring covers of her classic tunes, gospel blues from the Slide Brothers presented by Robert Randolph, and in hour two, a Tharpe special with music and a conversation with Tharpe biographer Gayle Wald.

Plus new music from the Balkun Brothers and Freddy King’s Brother Benny Turner, and selections from several blues acts with regional concerts in the coming week.

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10:07 am
Mon March 2, 2015

New Month/New Music New Releases Show

'This Is From Here' from Harrison Kennedy
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March 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 highlight the best in new releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads:

World blues artist Harry Manx

Canadian blues star Harrison Kennedy

A new New Orleans Brass Bands compilation

Martin Lang’s Chicago Harp Blues Sessions

And the Blues Disciples with special guests Billy Flynn & Reverend Raven.

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