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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October 14/16 Crossroads kicks off the October dual feature – celebrating roots of rock pioneer Chuck Berry, who turns 90 this month, and remembering Buckwheat Zydeco, who helped popularize zydeco music – the unique roots and blues sound from Louisiana. The show also highlights music from the newly named 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards winners and features music from a number of blues artists with concerts in the coming week, including musicians performing at this year’s Blues Masters at the...

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Mighty Sam McClain – Time and Change (KKV) The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Strong Like That (Severn) William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax) Bo Diddley – The Bo Diddley Collection 1952-1962 (Acrobat) Michael Burks – I’m A Bluesman (Iron Man) The Bo-Keys – Heartaches By the Number (Omnivore) Nick Moss – From the Root to the Fruit (Blue Bella) Vaneese Thomas – The Long Journey Home (Segue) Joanna Connor – Six String Stories (MC Records) Dennis Gruenling – Ready or Not (Vizztone) Kenny ‘Blues...

October 7/9 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: Former Roomful of Blues members Duke Robillard & Ronnie Earl back with new albums under their own names Recent Blues Blast Award winners Bobby Rush and Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials latest Reissues featuring John Lee Hooker and Sam Cooke Plus new titles from David Bromberg, Levee...

September 30/October 2 Crossroads wraps up the September feature with some classic tracks from Otis Redding and some Crescent City brass bands, including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who helped usher in the modern sound and era of New Orleans Brass Bands. Also music from artists with concerts in the coming week, and the latest from soul singer Charles Bradley (often compared to Otis Redding) and a new compilation of music from the great New Orleans funk band, the Meters.

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September 23/25 Crossroads continues the September feature of music from Otis Redding (with music from his last posthumous album, Tell the Truth , and King and Queen with Carla Thomas) and more brass band sounds, including a forthcoming album and first studio set in five years from March Fourth. Plus birthday salutes to Ray Charles, Fenton Robinson, Mighty Joe Young and Ben E. King, new music from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mighty Sam McClain, The Soul of John Black and more, and music from...

September 16/18 Crossroads celebrates birthdays of legendary bluesman B.B. King (including a special appreciation in hour two of the show), as well as those of harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold, Chicago blues drummer Fred Below. Plus more brass bands for the September feature, this time from St. Louis with the Funky Butt Brass Band, along with new music, concert previews, some ‘country blues,’ and more.

Otis Redding's 75th

Sep 6, 2016

September 9/11 Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to mark what would have been Otis Redding’s 75 th birthday. We’ll hear the first tracks the Southern Soul legend did with Stax, classic recordings from throughout his career, several of his posthumous albums, which also featured a number of his classics, and a couple of great Redding covers. Plus Crossroads continues the other September feature – music from Crescent City and other fun and funky brass bands – with...

Moreland and Arbuckle – Promised Land or Bust (Alligator) Little Walter – The Complete Checker Singles As & Bs 1952-1960 (Acrobat) Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s (Delta Groove) The Soul of John Black – Early in the Moanin’ (Cadabra) Eric Bibb – North Country Far (Stony Plain) Dennis Gruenling – Ready or Not (Vizztone) Tony Joe White – Rain Crow (Swamp/Yep Roc) C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo (King Hokum) Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Low Down (Alligator)...

September 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 highlight the best in new blues releases. Among the highlights: The first new album from the Fabulous Thunderbirds in three years The last album from soul singer Mighty Sam McClain Early music from late bluesman Michael Burks The return of Rufus Thomas’s daughter Vaneese Thomas New Chicago blues releases featuring Erwin Helfer, Barrelhouse Chuck, and...

August 26/28 Crossroads wraps up the August blues harmonica feature with music from contemporary players and new releases featuring the instrument. Among the artists featured: Bob Corritore, Billy Branch, William Clarke, Curtis Salgado, Rod Piazza, and Jason Ricci. Plus a few remaining winners of the recent Living Blues Awards not yet featured on the show – including Comeback of the Year winner, soul singer Wee Willie Walker; music from the winner of this year’s Wichita Blues Society Blues...

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