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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June 24/26

Crossroads wraps up the June feature, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records. Among the highlights, music from Alligator artists just nominated in the 2016 Living Blues Awards – including Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Charlie Musselwhite, and Janiva Magness. Plus new music from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, Big Harp George, and Stax legend William Bell.

June 10/15

Crossroads marks birthdays of blues greats Howlin’ Wolf (June 10) and Leroy Carr (June 12) this week. Plus more music for the June feature celebrating the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records. Artists featured this time include Fenton Robinson, Albert Collins, Son Seals, Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins and more.

1.       Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep (Red Wing)

2.       Johnny Winter – Live in Sweden (MVD)

3.       Eric Bibb – North Country Far (Stony Plain)

4.       Cha Wa – Funk ‘n’ Feathers (Upt Music)

5.       Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues – Give It Away (Plantation #1 Productions)

6.       Guy King – The Truth (Delmark)

7.       Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (New West)

8.       C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo (King Hokum)

June 3/5

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. Among the highlights this time:

Alligator Records Anniversary compilation and the latest Alligator releases from Moreland & Arbuckle, Toronzo Cannon, Curtis Salgado, and a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson in conjunction with the June Crossroads feature celebrating the blues label’s 45th anniversary

May 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the May feature with Bonnie Raitt with music from across the blues-rock star’s career and from guest appearances she did with Ruth Brown, Charlies Brown, B.B. King, Boz Scaggs, Little Feat and more.

Plus more 2016 Blues Music Awards winners – including Ruthie Foster, John Primer, Sonny Landreth, and Allen Toussaint, and new releases from Eric Bibb, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Al Basile, Swamp Cabbage, and Johnny Winter with Dr. John.

May 20/22

This week at the Crossroads, we remember several artists who passed away recently – Candye Kane, Lonnie Mack and Otis Clay; highlight winners of this year’s Blues Music Awards announced earlier this month; continue with more music from May featured artist Bonnie Raitt; and feature new music from Janiva Magness, Andy Santana, Duke Robillard, Curtis Salgado and Dennis Jones; and preview artists with concerts in the coming week.

May 13/15

Crossroads highlights music from May featured artist Bonnie Raitt – including selections from her new album Dig In Deep, her classic Home Plate, and a guest appearance with Jon Cleary. Plus a classic from Albert King, new releases from Johnny Winter and Tommy Z, and some Crescent City sounds from Dr. John, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the new debut album from Cha Wa.

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1.       Various – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator)

2.       Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep (Red Wing)

3.       Magic Sam – Black Magic (Delmark)

4.       Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (New West)

5.       Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

6.       King Louis/LaRhonda Steele – Rock Me Baby (Shoug)

7.       Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Tengo Blues (Del Toro)

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May 6/8

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. Among the highlights this time are new albums from:

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