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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May 15/17

Crossroads highlights more music from May featured artist Stevie Wonder along with songs he wrote for the Marvelettes and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – plus music from recent Blues Music Award Winners Ruthie Foster and Charlie Musselwhite; new music from the Igor Prado Band and Linsey Alexander; a classic from Al Green; and music from blues acts with concerts in the coming week, including artists appearing at this year’s Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival.
 

May 8/10

Crossroads kicks off its May feature celebrating the 65th birthday of Stevie Wonder with music from the soul legend, and in hour two of the show, a special about Motown, the famous label that Wonder called his recording home. Plus birthday salutes to Joe Bonamassa, and Phil Wiggins of Cephus & Wiggins; music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week; and new music from Marcus Miller, the Altered Five Blues Band, Pops Staples and Steve Krase.

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

2.       Brad Absher & Swamp Royale - Lucky Dog (Montrose)

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

4.       Shaun Murphy - Loretta (Vision Wall)

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

6.       Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

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

8.       Benny Turner - Journey (NOLA Blue)

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May 1/3, 2015

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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads:

Top flight blues artists Otis Taylor, the Cash Box Kings, and Tad Robinson

Veteran performers Jorma Kaukonen, and John Mayall (with his 1967 Bluesbreakers lineup including Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood)

April 24/26

This week at the Crossroads we wrap up the April Jazz Appreciation Month feature with more jazzy-blues sounds and a special celebrating jump blues great Louis Jordan. Plus a tribute to Percy Sledge, the birthday of blues legend Albert King, and new music from Brad Absher & Swamp Royale, Shaun Murphy, and JJ Grey & Mofro.

April 17/19

Crossroads spotlights recordings newly inducted into the National Recording Registry; showcases new music from Albert Castiglia, Rory Block, the Duke Robillard Band, and Rob Stone; and, for the April feature celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month – music from T Bone Walker, organist Joey DeFrancesco with guitarist Danny Gatton, soul jazz organist Reuben Wilson, and blues-jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon – including his version of a Billie Holiday classic and a special in hour two chronicling his life and music.

April 10/12

Crossroads kicks off the April feature celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month exploring the many connections between blues and jazz. Highlights this time include music from soul jazz organists Groove Holmes and Charles Kynard, jazz and soul saxophonist King Curtis, and Kansas City shouter Big Joe Turner with jump blues band Roomful of Blues.

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

2.       Tinsley Ellis - Tough Love (Heartfixer Music)

3.       Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

4.       Raphael Wressnig - Soul Gumbo (Pepper Cake)

5.       Pops Staples - Don't Lose This (Anti-)

6.       Junior Wells - Southside Blues Jam (Delmark)

7.       Brad Absher & Swamp Royale - Lucky Dog (Montrose)

April 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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads are the latest from Shaun Murphy, Robben Ford, Anthony Gomes, Brad Hatfield, Brandon Santini, and a new compilation of the complete Chuck Berry Chess singles. Plus music from blues artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

March 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the March Sister Rosetta Tharpe/Gospel Blues feature with a classic from Tharpe with Marie Knight and an early recording she did with the Lucky Millinder Orchestra, along with music from Sister Wynona Carr, Otis Clay, the Golden Gate Quartet, and in hour two of the show, a special performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers.

Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and from Steve Hill, the winner of this year’s blues Juno Award.

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