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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March 30/April 1

Crossroads wraps up the March Women’s History Month feature with music from Gladys Knight (with a song inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year); Tina Turner (one of this year’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients); pianist and singer Marcia Ball; gospel singer and guitar great Sister Rosetta Tharpe; pianist and vocalist Eden Brent; Beth Hart (from her new album with Joe Bonamassa); Rhythm & Blues legend Ruth Brown; Bettye LaVette (from her newly released album of Bob Dylan songs); and in hour two of the show, a special concert performance from Fiona Boyes.

March 23/25

Crossroads joins in with Global Village and Night Train this week to feature nominees in this year’s Independent Music Awards which honor artist and small label releases. We’ll hear music from blues nominees Benny Turner, the Altered Five Blues Band, Chris Daniels & the Kings, Wes Mackey, and the Likho Duo.

Plus more blues women for the Women’s History Month feature, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe (whose birthday was Tuesday); Maria Muldaur & Tracy Nelson (from an album in tribute to Sister Rosetta); Canadian singer and guitarist Sue Foley (off her new album, The Ice Queen); Leyla McCalla (who will be featured Monday night on the next program in the new monthly series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival); and Ruthie Foster (featured in a Savannah Music Festival concert special in hour two of the show).

March 16/18

Crossroads continues its celebration of Women’s History Month with music from Memphis soul artist Ann Peebles, retro soul great Sharon Jones, R&B legend Etta James, blues pioneer Memphis Minnie, and blues and soul singer Maria Muldaur, including a live performance from the Fur Peace Ranch in hour two of the show.

Plus new music from the Rae Gordon Band, Wee Willie Walker, the James Hunter Six, Van Morrison and Albert Cummings.

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March 9/11

Crossroads celebrates Women’s History Month with music from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s one Grammy-nominated album, 2018 Blues Music Award nominee Vaneese Thomas, and country blues artist Rory Block, who will be featured in a concert performance in hour two of the show.

Also birthday salutes to Robin Trower and Lloyd Price, and new music from Peter Parcek, James Armstrong on Coco Montoya.

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  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)

 

  1. Various artists – Howlin’ at Greaseland  (West Tone)
  1. Peter Parcek – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (Lightnin’)
  1. Curtis Salgado/Alan Hagar – Rough Cut (Alligator)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)
  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  1. Various Artists – Hard Core Harp (Electro Fi)
  1. Mavis Staples – If All I was Was Black (Anti-)
  1. The Rev. Shawn Amos – Breaks It Down (Put Together)
  1. Sweet Pea Atkinson – Get What You Deserve (Blue Note)

March 2/4

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:

One of Muddy Waters’ sons, Mud Morganfield

A 25th anniversary celebration from Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys

A second album from International Blues Challenge competitor Greg Sover

A live 2017 recording from blues-rock legend John Mayall

Kansas City favorites Danielle Nicole, and Katy Guillen & the Girls

And we kick off the March Women’s History Month/Blues Women feature with more new releases from Sue Foley and other women blues artists.

February 23/25

Crossroads remembers Johnny Winter on what would have been his birthday on February 23rd with some classic and later recordings from him and a live set with Muddy Waters and James Cotton.

Crossroads also continues the February Duos feature with music from Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, a recent release from Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer, a new set from Curtis Salgado with Alan Hagar, and in hour two of the show, a live performance from the Acoustic Hot Tuna duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.

There’s also more music from Eddie Shaw, as Crossroads features music throughout the month from the great Chicago blues saxophonist who passed away at the end of January. We’ll hear him with both Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Dawkins.

More Duos & Eddie Shaw

Feb 12, 2018

February 16/18

Crossroads marks the second month of the year with blues twosomes – legendary, rare and contemporary blues duos, including a live performance from the great Piedmont blues duo of John Cephas & Phil Wiggins in hour two of the show.

Plus the duos of Monster Mike Welch with Mike Ledbetter, recently nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards, and the legendary duo of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells.

We also continue our month-long salute to blues saxophonist Eddie Shaw, who passed away at the end of January – this time with music he did as a leader and with Magic Sam.

February 9/11

Crossroads marks the second month of the year with blues twosomes – legendary, rare and contemporary blues duos, including a House of Blues special about blues duos in hour two of the show.

We’ll also feature music throughout the month from blues saxophonist, Howlin’ Wolf band leader, and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Shaw, who passed away at the end of the month.

On this show, we also remember Dennis Edwards, lead singer with the popular Motown group, the Temptations, who passed away last week.  And we’ll preview local and regional blues concerts for the coming week.

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  1. Various Artists – Strange Angels (Sylvan Songs)

 

  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  1. Kim Wilson – Blues & Boogie Vol. 1 (Severn)
  1. Duke Robillard - …and His Dames of Rhythm (M.C. Records)
  1. Albert Castiglia – Up All Night (Ruf)
  1. Various Artists – Hard Core Harp (Electro Fi)
  1. Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)
  1. Billy Thompson – BT (Billy Thompson Music)
  1. Curtis Salgado & Alan hager – Rough Cut (Alligator)
  1. Various Artists – Something Got A Hold on Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story Vol. One 1963-64; Get Right: The Ru-Jac Records Story Vol. Two 1964-66 (Omnivore/Ru-Jac)

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