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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June 30/July 2

Crossroads wraps up its salute to Memphis Soul with music from Hi Records, including classics from Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson and Otis Clay – plus an Otis Clay tribute and live performance in hour two of the show.

Also music from the newly named Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winners for this year – including the Hi Rhythm Section that played such a pivotal role in the signature sound of the Hi label, and Robert Cray, whose new album features Hi Rhythm. 

June 23/25

Crossroads continues its month-long tribute to Gregg Allman with more music from his solo albums and work with the Allman Brothers.

The June Memphis Soul feature continues this week with music from William Bell, whose latest album (and first on Stax in several decades) took home a Grammy. We’ll hear music from that and some of his classic Stax recordings as well. Plus in hour two, a House of Blues special with Al Bell (no relation) who led Stax Records during some of its most influential releases.

June 16/18

June 15th marked the birthday of soul cult favorite Eddie Hinton. A singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and session player, Hinton never won public acclaim during his lifetime, but since his passing has been recognized as a brilliant songwriter, powerful singer, and remarkable soul artist.

He also had connections to the Crossroads June dual feature of Memphis Soul and Gregg Allman, having appeared on a number of Stax classics and worked with Gregg and Duane Allman before the Allman Brothers Band was formed (he was invited to join, but declined the offer).

We’ll hear some of his best recordings, guest appearances (with Boz Scaggs, Mavis Staples, and the Hourglass) and covers of his songs (from Dusty Springfield, and Bettye LaVette).

Then, in hour two of the show and in conjunction with the Memphis Soul feature, it’s a Beale Street Caravan special with Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, paying tribute to the classic sound of the Hi label from Memphis and featuring musicians who were part of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section, the house band on so many of that label’s hits.

June 9/11

Crossroads kicks off a dual feature for June this time, paying tribute to Gregg Allman with the blues-influenced music he did as a solo artist and with the Allman Brothers Band, and also highlighting the sounds of Memphis Soul, classic and contemporary.

For this visit to the Crossroads, it’s music from newly released compilations to kick off the 60th anniversary of the legendary Memphis label, Stax Records. Featured are Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, and Booker T. & the MG’s.

Plus Memphis-inspired recent recordings from Amy Black, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Melissa Etheridge, concert previews and, in hour two of the show, a House of Blues Special on Memphis exploring the soul sounds of Stax and Hi Records, classic Memphis roots of rock and blues music, and some contemporary sounds coming from the city as well.

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  1. Taj Mahal & Keb’Mo’ – TajMo (Concord)

 

June 2/4

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:

New Memphis Soul inspired albums from Robert Cray, Amy Black, John Nemeth & more to kick off the June Memphis Soul feature

A previously unreleased concert performance from the late, great Swamp Boogie Queen Katie Webster

May 26/28

Crossroads wraps up the May Taj Mahal feature with several albums spanning his career.

Plus more 2017 Blues Music Award winners – including Curtis Salgado, Kenny Neal and Eric Bibb – along with concert previews, and a birthday salute to T Bone Walker, including a special featuring classic tracks from the blues legend and electric guitar pioneer in hour two.

May 19/21

Lots happening this week at the Crossroads, including more music from May featured artist Taj Mahal, some of the newly announced Blues Music Award Winners, music from artists appearing at two major blues festivals next week, and a birthday salute to Fats Waller.

May 12/14

This week at the Crossroads, it’s music from May featured artist Taj Mahal who turns 75 this month.

In this show, we’ll hear music from one of his classic ‘70s albums, Music Fuh Ya, as a special guest with soul jazz organ great Jimmy Smith, from his Hawaii-inspired Hula Blues Band lineup, and from the new album with Keb’ Mo’  – plus a House of Blues Taj Mahal Special in hour two of the show.

Also the latest from the Big Head Blues Club (with a tribute to Willie Dixon), John Mayall, and the Hot 8 Brass Band.

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May 5/7

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:

May featured artist Taj Mahal’s new album with Keb’ Mo’

Duo projects also from  guitarist Monster Mike Welch with singer Mike Ledbetter, and Muddy Waters band member John Primer with harmonica player Bob Corritore

A soul-jazz set from Wichita guitarist Greg Skaff

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