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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February 12/14

Crossroads kicks off the February feature celebrating The R&B Years by delving into a wonderful import compilation series covering the early ‘40s to the mid ‘50s with both classic and rare R&B gems. We’ll highlight sounds from the first four of twelve volumes in the series this time, with more to come through the rest of the month.

February 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 highlight the best in new blues releases.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are:

The latest from soul blues star Johnny Rawls

Maple Blues Awards nominee Cecile Doo-Kingue

Texas bluesman (and Freddy King’s brother) Benny Turner

A return to his roots from North Mississippi All Star Luther Dickinson

Album Cover Art

1.                Zora Young/Little Mike & the Tornadoes - Friday Night (El Rob)

2.                Sam Butler – Raise Your Hands (Severn)

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

4.                Trudy Lynn - Everything Comes With A Price (Connor Ray Music)

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

6.                The Ragpicker String Band – The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog)

 January 29/31

Crossroads wraps up the January Best of 2015 feature with some show favorites, Blues Music Awards nominees, and also newly announced winners in the Offbeat and Maple Blues awards. Plus birthday salutes to singer Big Time Sarah (who passed away in 2015) and blues harp great Charlie Musselwhite . We also remember Otis Clay who recently passed away and highlight more music from the massive 2015 Otis Redding Soul Manifesto box set.

January 22/24

Crossroads pays tribute to Texas bluesman Long John Hunter, who passed away earlier this month, and remembers some artists who passed away last year, including Jeff Golub and Smokin’ Joe Kubek.

January 15/17

Crossroads marks the centennial birthday (this past Tuesday, January 12) of Kansas City great Jay McShann, highlighting the bluesy side of his swinging blues-based KC sound. Plus more of the Best of 2015 (the January feature) with show favorites, Grammy and Blues Music Award nominees – including Sonny Landreth, Billy Price with Otis Clay, Leon Bridges, Junior Wells, Toni Lynn Washington,  and Georgie Bonds

More Best Of 2015

Jan 4, 2016

January 8/10

Crossroads features the Best of 2015 throughout January. Highlights this time include show favorites Debbie Davies, the Ragpicker String Band, Albert Cummings, and Brad Absher & Swamp Royale.

Also featured this time:  a nominee in both the Canadian Folk and Maple Blues Awards – Michael Jerome Browne; Grammy nominee for Best Blues Album -- Betty LaVette; and Blues Music Award nominees James Harman, Tad Robinson, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Patrick Rynn, and Tinsley Ellis.

Album Cover Art

1.       Otis Redding -  Soul Manifesto (Rhino/Atlantic)

2.       Jimmy Burns - It Ain’t Right (Delmark)

3.       Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

4.       Tommy Castro & the Painkillers - Method to My Madness (Alligator)

5.       John Primer - Muddy Waters 100 (Raisin' Music)

6.       The Reverend Shawn Amos - Loves You (Put Together)

7.       Sam Butler - Raise Your Hands (Severn)

8.       Eddie Cotton - One At A Time (DeChamp)

January 1/3

Crossroads: Best of 2015

Dec 24, 2015

It was a strong year for new blues albums across virtually every style - from roots to blues rock to acoustic to soul blues to sacred steel inspired work. All of that and more is reflected in the Crossroads favorites for the year. We'll be featuring them, along with the newly announced Blues Music Awards nominees, Maple Blues nominees and winners (announced January 18), other significant releases, as well as tributes to the artists we lost in the past year throughout January on the show.

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