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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June 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:

New Memphis Soul inspired albums from Robert Cray, Amy Black, John Nemeth & more to kick off the June Memphis Soul feature

A previously unreleased concert performance from the late, great Swamp Boogie Queen Katie Webster

May 26/28

Crossroads wraps up the May Taj Mahal feature with several albums spanning his career.

Plus more 2017 Blues Music Award winners – including Curtis Salgado, Kenny Neal and Eric Bibb – along with concert previews, and a birthday salute to T Bone Walker, including a special featuring classic tracks from the blues legend and electric guitar pioneer in hour two.

May 19/21

Lots happening this week at the Crossroads, including more music from May featured artist Taj Mahal, some of the newly announced Blues Music Award Winners, music from artists appearing at two major blues festivals next week, and a birthday salute to Fats Waller.

May 12/14

This week at the Crossroads, it’s music from May featured artist Taj Mahal who turns 75 this month.

In this show, we’ll hear music from one of his classic ‘70s albums, Music Fuh Ya, as a special guest with soul jazz organ great Jimmy Smith, from his Hawaii-inspired Hula Blues Band lineup, and from the new album with Keb’ Mo’  – plus a House of Blues Taj Mahal Special in hour two of the show.

Also the latest from the Big Head Blues Club (with a tribute to Willie Dixon), John Mayall, and the Hot 8 Brass Band.

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May 5/7

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:

May featured artist Taj Mahal’s new album with Keb’ Mo’

Duo projects also from  guitarist Monster Mike Welch with singer Mike Ledbetter, and Muddy Waters band member John Primer with harmonica player Bob Corritore

A soul-jazz set from Wichita guitarist Greg Skaff

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  1. Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)
  1. Robert Cray & High Rhythm – Robert Cray & High Rhythm (Jay-Vee)
  1. Hector Anchondo Band – Roll the Dice (Hector Anchondo)
  1. Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues – Different Voices (Dawnserly)
  1. Eric Bibb – Migration Blues (Stony Plain)
  1. Samantha Fish – Chills & Fever (Ruf)
  1. Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men – Prick of the Litt

April 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the Jazz Appreciation Month/B3 Blues feature with some bluesy organ featured in tracks by the Chartbusters, Greg Skaff, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Moreland & Arbuckle, and in honor of her centennial birthday, Ella Fitzgerald - plus a special featuring soul jazz organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith in hour two of the show.

April 21/23

Crossroads continues its month-long tribute to James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks and Chuck Berry, who all recently passed away. There’s music from Cotton from both the mid ’70s and one of his last albums, a classic from Berry, and Brooks’ album with two other Texas blues masters, Long John Hunter and Phillip Walker. Plus concert previews and more B3 Blues for Jazz Appreciation Month, including music from Adrienne Fenemor, Johnny Hammond Smith, and a special in hour two about one of the legends of jazz organ and pioneer of soul jazz, Jimmy Smith.

April 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

The latest from blues favorites Robert Cray, Eric Bibb, Coco Montoya and Billy Flynn

Corky Siegel returns with his Chamber Blues project

A compilation of classics from Aretha Franklin

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