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 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.

March 20/22

Friday is the centennial birthday of gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Crossroads continues the month-long feature with more music from her, one of her classic songs performed by the Holmes Brothers, related gospel blues, and a House of Blues Gospel Blues special in hour two of the show.

Plus music from Marcia Ball, who also celebrates a birthday Friday, and from several artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

March 13/15

Crossroads kicks off the Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial feature with the first song ever recorded by the gospel blues great, music from a tribute album featuring covers of her classic tunes, gospel blues from the Slide Brothers presented by Robert Randolph, and in hour two, a Tharpe special with music and a conversation with Tharpe biographer Gayle Wald.

Plus new music from the Balkun Brothers and Freddy King’s Brother Benny Turner, and selections from several blues acts with regional concerts in the coming week.

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March 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 releases.

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

World blues artist Harry Manx

Canadian blues star Harrison Kennedy

A new New Orleans Brass Bands compilation

Martin Lang’s Chicago Harp Blues Sessions

And the Blues Disciples with special guests Billy Flynn & Reverend Raven.

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1.       Raphael Wressnig - Soul Gumbo (Pepper Cake)

2.       Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

3.       Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man (Alligator)

4.       Billy Boy Arnold - The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Plain)

5.       Altered Five Blues Band - Cryin' Mercy (Omnivibe)

6.       Gary Clark, Jr. - Live (Warner Bros.)

7.       JW-Jones - Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig)

8.       Mississippi Heat - Warning Shot (Delmark)

February 27/March 1

Crossroads highlights music from Willie Dixon, the acclaimed blues bassist, songwriter and producer, who was just named one of this year’s inductees into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. The show highlights music from Dixon, including early music he did as part of the Big Three Trio, and songs he wrote for Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy – two Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Plus new music, artists with concerts in the coming week, and to wrap up the February Grammy Lifetime Achievement feature, a special in hour two devoted to blues icon, Robert Johnson.

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