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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January 20/22

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2016 feature with more show favorites from the past year, including John Long and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters (in tribute also to the band’s bassist who just passed away). Plus a look at this year’s Maple Blues Awards nominees, perhaps the most prestigious blues awards in Canada.  Winners are announced this Monday and the show highlights nearly all of the nominees, including Blue Moon Marquee, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Fat Head, Harpdog Brown and more.

January 13/15

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2016 feature with more show favorites and blues Grammy nominees, including Lurrie Bell, the Rolling Stones, Magic Same, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Meters and more.

Plus remembering the far too many artists who passed away last year, including Long John Hunter, Barrelhouse Chuck, Lonnie Mack, Sharon Jones, Maurice White, Buckwheat Zydeco, Candye Kane, Mose Allison and more.

January 6/8

Crossroads counts down the Top 20 favorites of 2016 to kick off a month-long look back at the best of the past year. More favorites; other honorees, nominees and special projects; tributes to artists who passed away in the past year and more in store on Crossroads throughout January. For the full list of 2016 favorites from Crossroads and our other KMUW music shows, click here.

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  1. Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (Interscope)

 

  1. Raphael Wressnig/Igo Prado – The Soul Connection (ZYX)

 

  1. Trudy Lynn – I’ll Sing the Blues for You (Connor Ray)

 

  1. Bobby Blue Bland – The Singles Collection 1951-1962 (Acrobat)

 

  1. Big Head Blues Club – Way Down Inside (Big Records)

 

December 30/January 1

Crossroads marks the birthday of roots  rock pioneer Bo Diddley with a number of his classic hits in hour one of the show and a special exploring the ‘Bo Diddley Beat’ in hour two.

Also a tribute to blues piano man Barrelhouse Chuck, who passed away earlier this month. Crossroads highlights music from his last album and work he did with Kim Wilson, the Cash Box Kings, Dave Specter, Mud Morganfield and Nick Moss.  Also new music from the Rolling Stones, Dennis Gruenling, Matthew Skoller and Corey Dennison.

Crossroads: Best of 2016

Dec 22, 2016

Crossroads | Best of 2016

Holiday Specials

Dec 19, 2016

December 23/25

Crossroads steps aside this week to offer two holiday specials: a House of Blues Christmas and An R&B Christmas – with lots of seasonal blues and R&B tunes to celebrate the holidays.

December 16/18

Crossroads celebrates a constellation of blues birthdays around this weekend, foremost being that of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. We’ll feature a number of tracks from the new Stones’ blues album, Blue and Lonesome, and have a Keef special in hour two. Birthday blues men also include Sugar Blue, Rod Piazza, Lonnie Brooks, Robben Ford and Billy Gibbons (from ZZ Top).

December 9/11

Crossroads celebrates birthdays of blues harp legend Junior Wells (12.9) and Big Mama Thornton (12.11) with some of their classic recordings, along with covers of Thornton songs and a special featuring music from throughout her career in hour two of the show. Also new music in store from Ronnie Earl, Trudy Lynn and Melissa Etheridge.

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  1. Mighty Sam McClain – Time and Change (KKV)

 

  1. Dr. John – The Musical Mojo of Dr. John (Concord)

 

  1. The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Strong Like That (Severn)

 

  1. David Bromberg Band – The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues (Red House)

 

  1. Melissa Etheridge – Memphis Rock and Soul (Stax)

 

  1. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)

 

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