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.     Cash Box Kings - Holding Court (Blind Pig)

2.     Robin McKelle & the Flytones - Heart of Memphis (Vizztone)

3.     Jewel Brown - Roller Coaster Boogie (Dynaflow)

4.     Igor Prado Band - Way Down South (Delta Groove)

5.     Slam Allen - Feel These Blues (American Showplace Music)

6.     Martin Lang - Chicago Harp Blues Sessions (Random Chance)

7.     The Blues Disciples - Big Beat (Land O Blues)

8.     Doug MacLeod - Exactly Like This (Reference)

May 29/31

This week at the Crossroads:

A wrap up of the month-long celebration of Stevie Wonder’s 65th birthday

More music from B.B King and the recently announced Blues Music Awards winners (including Keb’ Mo’, Deanna Bogart, Lurrie Bell and Elvin Bishop) 

Music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week – including Charles Bradley, Monophonics, Robin Trower and Moreland & Arbuckle

A farewell to Leon Redbone who just announced his retirement

May 22/24

May 15/17

Crossroads highlights more music from May featured artist Stevie Wonder along with songs he wrote for the Marvelettes and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – plus music from recent Blues Music Award Winners Ruthie Foster and Charlie Musselwhite; new music from the Igor Prado Band and Linsey Alexander; a classic from Al Green; and music from blues acts with concerts in the coming week, including artists appearing at this year’s Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival.
 

May 8/10

Crossroads kicks off its May feature celebrating the 65th birthday of Stevie Wonder with music from the soul legend, and in hour two of the show, a special about Motown, the famous label that Wonder called his recording home. Plus birthday salutes to Joe Bonamassa, and Phil Wiggins of Cephus & Wiggins; music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week; and new music from Marcus Miller, the Altered Five Blues Band, Pops Staples and Steve Krase.

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1.       Igor Prado Band - Way Down South (Delta Groove)

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

3.       Chuck Berry - The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-1961 (Acrobat)

4.       Shaun Murphy - Loretta (Vision Wall)

5.       Martin Lang - Chicago Harp Blues Sessions (Random Chance)

6.       Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

7.       The Blues Disciples - Big Beat (Land O Blues)

8.       Benny Turner - Journey (NOLA Blue)

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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)

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.

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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