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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August 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the August centennial birthday celebration for Wynonie Harris with music from two new import compilations and a rarity that featured Sun Ra with him on piano.

Plus a sneak preview of Shemekia Copeland’s new album, along with new music from Muddy Waters 100, the Cash Box Kings, retro soul phenom Leon Bridges, Arlen Roth (with Johnny Winter’s last recorded session),  Sonny Landreth, and the Texas Horns – and classics from Little Walter, Ten Years After, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Rolling Stones, and Al Green.

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August 21/23

This week at the Crossroads, there’s more music from August featured artist Wynonie Harris for his centennial birthday – including a new import compilation featuring hits and previously unreleased tracks from his era with King Records.

Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week; classics from Al Green, Pinetop Perkins, Paul Butterfield and Freddy King; and new music from Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, Ronnie Earl, Sonny Landreth and more.

August 14/16

Crossroads marks the birthday of Son Seals, one of the key figures to emerge from the ‘70s blues scene in Chicago who was known for his rough edged and powerful style.

Plus music from August featured artist, the R&B shouter Wynonie Harris – including one of his earliest hits, a classic, and a blues battle with Big Joe Turner.

Also music from artists with regional concerts in the coming week and new music from Robin Trower, Galactic, Gregg Allman, Scott Ellison, and Debbie Davies.

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August 7/9

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 third album from rising blues star Samantha Fish

Another ‘Girls with Guitars’ set

A two-disc set of live favorites from Gregg Allman

  A Muddy Waters centennial celebration from John Primer and friends

Albert Cummings’ return to Blind Pig Records

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

2.       Robin Trower - Something's About to Change (V12)

3.       Kentucky Headhunters/Johnnie Johnson - Meet Me In Bluesland (Alligator)

4.       Deb Ryder - Let It Rain (Bejeb Music)

5.       Cash Box Kings - Holding Court (Blind Pig)

6.       The Texas Horns - Blues Gotta Holda Me (Vizztone)

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

July 31/August 2

Crossroads wraps up the July features with music from:

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July 24/26

Crossroads continues with more music from July featured artists Willie Dixon (with covers of his songs from Joe Bonamassa, Magnus Berg, Junior Wells, and the Rolling Stones) and James Cotton (including music from the Harp Attack! album, one of his earliest recordings on Sun Records, and new music from his former guitarist Slam Allen).

July 17/19

The Crossroads July feature continues with more music from Willie Dixon (including appearances with the Big Three Trio and Sonny Boy Williamson), James Cotton (highlighting music from one of his earliest albums as a leader and a later release with a Willie Dixon song) and more Blues Blast Music Awards nominees (including Mississippi Heat, Robin McKelle, Doug MacLeod, Missy Anderson, Deb Ryder, and Mud Morganfield with Kim Wilson -  also doing a Willie Dixon classic).

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July 10/12

This week at the Crossroads - more music for the July feature from Willie Dixon (with Muddy Waters), James Cotton (from the album that featured his first recordings – Chicago/The Blues/Today), Living Blues and Blues Blast Award nominees, and the Holmes Brothers (in tribute to Wendell Holmes who passed away in June).

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

2.     Kentucky Headhunters/Johnnie Johnson - Meet Me In Bluesland (Alligator)

3.     The Texas Horns - Blues Gotta Holda Me (Vizztone)

4.     Jewel Brown - Roller Coaster Boogie (Dynaflow)

5.     Billy Price & Otis Clay - This Time for Real (Bonedog/Vizztone)

6.     Cash Box Kings - Holding Court (Blind Pig)

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

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