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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A Blues Artist Tribute

Jan 15, 2018
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January 19/21

This week at the Crossroads as part of the January feature looking back at the past year in blues, a tribute to artists who passed away in 2017 – including last albums from both Gregg Allman and Chuck Berry; music from Fats Domino and from a Domino tribute album that included a track from Tom Petty; also James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks, Leo ‘Bud’ Welch, soul singer Charles Bradley, and guitarist Howard Carroll of the gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds.

We also highlight an Allman Brothers cover of an Elmore James song, as part of the January Elmore James Centennial Birthday feature; and in hour two, a special in tribute to CeDell Davis, who passed away last year, and R.L. Boyce, one of this year’s blues Grammy nominees.

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January 12/14

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2017 feature with music from the double-Grammy nominated release, Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, along with covers of the mysterious gospel blues great’s songs by Mavis Staples, Ry Cooder, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (who will be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame this year).

Also music from Elmore James, featured throughout the month as well for his centennial birthday, birthday salutes to Crescent City great Allen Toussaint and R&B star Ruth Brown, and in hour two, as the show continues a month-long series of specials featuring this year’s Grammy nominees, a live performance from Sonny Landreth, along with special guest and another Grammy nominee, Guy Davis.

January 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:

Previews of January releases from Tinsley Ellis, Billy Thompson, Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers, Curtis Salgado with Alan Hagar, and an all-star tribute to blues legend Elmore James, Strange Angels, for his centennial.

Crossroads also kicks off its own month-long salute to Elmore James and the January Best of 2017 feature, including a series of specials featuring some of this year’s blues Grammy nominees. This week it’s Traditional Blues Album nominee Eric Bibb in a live performance from the Fur Peace Ranch.

  1.   Peter Parcek – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (Lightnin’)
  2. Duke Robillard - …and His Dames of Rhythm (M.C. Records)
  3. James Armstrong – Blues Been Good to Me (Catfood)
  4. Sweet Pea Atkinson – Get What You Deserve (Blue Note)
  5. Andrea Marr – Natural (Only Blues Music)
  6. Van Morrison – Roll with the Punches (Exile/Caroline)
  7. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  8. Jim Byrnes – Long Hot Summer Days (Black Hen)
  9. Kim Wilson – Blues & Boogie Vol. 1 (Severn)
  10. Benny Turner – My Brother’s Blues (NOLA Blue)

  1. Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (Jay-Vee)
  2. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  3. Sherman Holmes Project – The Richmond Sessions (M.C.)
  4. Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live in Lafayette (Provogue)
  5. Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed and Dangerous (Blind Pig)
  6. John Primer & Bob Corritore – Ain’t Nothing You Can Do (Delta Groove)
  7. Eric Bibb – Migration Blues (Stony Plain)
  8. Van Morrison – Roll with the Punches (Exile/Caroline)
  9. Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’ (Ruf)
  10. James Armstrong – Blues Been Good to Me (Catfood)

December 29/31

Crossroads wraps up the year with music from two artists born on the last day of the year – folk, blues and spirituals singer and Civil Rights activist Odetta, and blues rocker George Thorogood. We’ll highlight some of the blues music Odetta recorded, along with George Thorogood’s first hit, music from his latest solo album, and a House of Blues Special with him as a special guest in hour two.

Also music from newly-announced Rock Hall of Fame inductees Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone, and new music from Mitch Woods, Peter Parcek, Duke Robillard, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Crossroads Holiday Show

Dec 19, 2017

December 22/24

It’s holiday time at the Crossroads, as the show features the best of blues, R&B and gospel seasonal favorites – including classics from B.B. King, Charles Brown, Ray Charles, the Persuasions, and Etta James; gospel groups the Campbell Brothers and the Swan Silvertones; and some quirky favorites from Swamp Dogg, Sonny Rhodes, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials and Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Wilson.

Blues Holiday Specials

Dec 11, 2017

December 15/17

Crossroads takes a holiday to make way for blues holiday specials from Blue Dimensions and Juke in the Back.

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December 8/10

Crossroads remembers Gregg Allman for his December 8th birthday with music he did with the Allman Brothers Band and as a solo artist, along with a special in hour two about the making of his final album, Southern Blood. Plus new music from Kim Wilson and Duke Robillard, a classic from John Lee Hooker, and more.

On Friday, December 8 Strange Currency and Crossroads are teaming up to remember musician Gregg Allman on the 70th anniversary of his birthday.

Starting at 8:00 p.m., Strange Currency remembers Gregg Allman with music from his catalogue and selections that inspired him. Plus work from Paul Westerberg, Dean Ween and Jackson Browne.

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