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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April 8/10

Crossroads highlights recordings from the Impressions, Clifton Chenier, and Blind Willie McTell that were just inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

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 1.                Elmore James - The Complete Singles As & Bs 1951-62 (Acrobat)

2.                James Hunter Six - Hold On! (Daptone)

3.                Benny Turner - When She's Gone (Nola Blue)

4.                Michael Messer's Mitra - Call of the Blues (Knife Edge)

5.                Toni Lynn Washington – I Wanna Dance (Regina Royale)

6.                Andy Santana & the West Coast Playboys - Watch Your Step! (Delta Groove)

7.                Harmonica Shah - If You Live to Get Old, You Will Understand (Electro-Fi)

April 1/3

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:

Soul blues singer and harp man Curtis Salgado

Singer Janiva Magness

Crescent City “Prodigal Son” Keith Stone

“The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Charles Bradley

Jazzy B3 player King Louie with singer LaRhonda Steele

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March 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the month long salute to this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees with recordings from Mamie Smith, Jimmy Rogers, and Leroy Carr that will go into the Hall of Fame this year.

March 18/20

Crossroads continues with more music from March featured artists Jimmie Vaughan and this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees - John Mayall, the Memphis Jug Band, Jimmy Johnson, Eddy Clearwater, and Elvin Bishop – plus a House of Blues special featuring Elvin Bishop in hour two of the show. Plus a birthday salute to legendary soulman Wilson Pickett, music from artists with concerts in the coming week, and the latest and best in new blues releases.

March 11/13

Crossroads features music from March featured artists Jimmie Vaughan (as a leader and with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and, in hour two, a House of Blues special with Vaughan as a special guest) and this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees – this time including Jimmy Johnson, Elvin Bishop, and Eddy Clearwater. Plus new music from the Knickerbocker All Stars, Andy Santana, and Toni Lynn Washington, and artists with concerts in the coming week.

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March 4/6

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:

A new album of contemporary songs from Grammy-winner Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers

Another new set from contemporary Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon

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1.                Benny Turner - When She's Gone (Nola Blue)

2.                Eddie Cotton – One At A Time (DeChamp)

3.                Magic Sam - Black Magic (Delmark)

4.                Andy Santana & the West Coast Playboys - Watch Your Step! (Delta Groove)

5.                Ebony Jo-Ann - Please Save Your Love For Me (Ebony Jo-Ann)

6.                Al Basile - B's Expression (Al Basile)

7.                Trudy Lynn - Everything Comes With A Price (Connor Ray Music)

February 26/28

This week at the Crossroads for the February feature, it’s the final four years in The R&B Years series, covering 1953-1956. Among the artists featured from that time are Fats Domino (whose birthday is Friday), Billy Boy Arnold (with a song inducted into this year’s Blues Hall of Fame) and Ruth Brown (honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys).

February 19/21

Crossroads continues the February feature with more hits and rarities from the next four volumes in The R&B Years series, this time covering 1949 through 1952. Plus music from several blues acts with concerts in the coming week, new blues releases (including Trudy Lynn and Ebony Jo-Ann), and a birthday salute to the legendary Nina Simone.

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