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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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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July 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.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are the latest from:

The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions with an all-star guest lineup

A new compilation featuring singer and pianist Cecil Gant

A live and acoustic Back Porch Party with veteran blues band, the Nighthawks

  June 26/28

This week at the Crossroads, we wrap up the June feature celebrating the electric Chicago blues and the 65th anniversary of Chess Records with Joe Bonamassa’s new album in tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Henderson’s version of an early Muddy Waters classic on Chess, and a special exploring the legendary Bo Diddley beat. Plus a tribute to blues and soul singer Mighty Sam McClain who passed away last week, remembering Big Bill Broonzy on his birthday, and music from artists with concerts in the coming week.

June 19/21

Crossroads continues the June Electric Chicago Blues/Chess Records 65th Anniversary Feature with music from two pioneering rock artists on the label – Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.

Plus electric Chicago blues from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band (inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame this year), Bernard Allison, and Muddy Waters – and a special in hour two celebrating one of today’s best known Chicago blues guitarists, the legendary Buddy Guy.

June 12/14

Crossroads kicks of the June Electric Chicago Blues feature (a celebration of both the 100th birthday of solid body electric guitar pioneer Les Paul and the 65th anniversary of the first record on the Chess label) with some classic recordings from Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and a House of Blues Chicago Blues special in hour two of the show.

Plus a birthday salute to Chicago blues bassist, singer and bandleader, Queen Sylvia Embry, remembering Marcus Belgrave, and artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week.

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June 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 new albums from:

Blues harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite

The Kentucky Headhunters with Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson

Soul blues star Otis Clay with Billy Price

The 2014 International Blues Challenge winner, Mr. Sipp

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

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

3.     Jewel Brown - Roller Coaster Boogie (Dynaflow)

4.     Igor Prado Band - Way Down South (Delta Groove)

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

6.     Martin Lang - Chicago Harp Blues Sessions (Random Chance)

7.     The Blues Disciples - Big Beat (Land O Blues)

8.     Doug MacLeod - Exactly Like This (Reference)

May 29/31

This week at the Crossroads:

A wrap up of the month-long celebration of Stevie Wonder’s 65th birthday

More music from B.B King and the recently announced Blues Music Awards winners (including Keb’ Mo’, Deanna Bogart, Lurrie Bell and Elvin Bishop) 

Music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week – including Charles Bradley, Monophonics, Robin Trower and Moreland & Arbuckle

A farewell to Leon Redbone who just announced his retirement

May 22/24

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