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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New Month/New Music Time

Jul 31, 2017

August 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

A new compilation of classic tracks to mark the centennial birthday of Crossroads’ August featured artist John Lee Hooker

Galactic drummer Stanton Moore’s Crescent City all-star tribute to legendary pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint

A new solo project from George Thorogood

A visit to a Juke Joint at the Edge of the World with Randall Bramblett

A new compilation of classic small group post-war gospel, Jesus Rocked the Jukebox

Acoustic blues and roots trio of Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons teamed up with 2017 NEA Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins

Classic country songs done blues style by Jimmie Bratcher

Another powerful new release from Milwaukee’s Altered Five Blues Band

And a tribute to Hokum blues and the Hokem Boys trio of Tampa Red, Georgia Tom and Big Bill Broonzy from Chris ‘Bad News’ Barnes.

July 28/30

Crossroads wraps up a month-long feature celebrating the slide guitar in blues with slide guitar whiz George Thorogood – including music from his new solo album, Party of One, and a special with the Destroyers in hour two of the show.

Also birthday salutes to slide guitarist Roy Rogers (with John Lee Hooker – the Crossroads featured artist for August), Mike Bloomfield, Buddy Guy and Junior Kimbrough.

Plus previews of regional blues shows for the coming week and new music from the Cash Box Kings, Roy Bookbinder, Gina Sicilia, Bobby G and Zeshan B.

July 21/23

The Crossroads blues slide guitar feature for July continues with one of today’s best players, Sonny Landreth, with music from his debut album and new live double set, along with a Landreth special in hour two of the show.

Also blues concert previews for the coming week, newly named NEA Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins (with John Cephas), and new music from the Hector Anchondo Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Williams Wayne & Isaak, Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’ and Chuck Berry’s last album.

July 14/16

Crossroads kicks off its July blues slide guitar feature with lots from electric slide pioneer Elmore James, along with slide players Johnny Winter, Derek Trucks, and Earl Hooker – plus music from some of the newly announced nominees in the Blues Blast Music Awards, including John Mayall, Coco Montoya and the Terry Hanck Band.

July 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:

An All Star Concert Celebration for Mavis Staples

Chuck Berry’s last album

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s salute to three Louies – Prima, Jordan and Armstrong

The Andy T Band with special guests Nick Nixon, Alabama Mike & Anson Funderburgh

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  1. Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (Jay-Vee)
  2. Lazy Eye – Pocket the Black (Lazy Eye)
  3. Amy Black – Memphis (Reuben Records)
  4. Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)
  5. Janiva Magness – Blue Again (Blue Elan)
  6. Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues – Different Voices (Dawnserly)
  7. John Primer & Bob Corritore – Ain’t Nothing You Can Do! (Delta Groove)
  8. Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed (Provogue)
  9. Taj Mahal & Keb’Mo’ – TajMo (Concord)
  10. Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time (Delta Groove)
  11. Samantha Fish – Chills & Fever (Ruf)
  12. Billy Flynn – Lonesome Highway (Delmark)
  13. Popa Chubby – The Catfish (Popa Chubby Productions)
  14. Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny & Brownie's Last Train (M.C. Records)
  15. Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman (Sweet Mama)
  16. Big Bill Morganfield - Bloodstains on The Wall (Black Shuck)
  17. North Mississippi All Stars – Prayer for Peace (Legacy)
  18. Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live in Lafayette (Provogue)
  19. Eric Bibb – Migration Blues (Stony Plain)
  20. Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison (Alligator)
  21. Steve Krase – Should’ve Seen It Coming (Connor Ray Music)
  22. John McNamara – Rollin’ With It (Bahool)
  23. Zeshan B – Vetted (Minty Fresh)
  24. Hurricane Ruth – Ain’t Ready for the Grave (Hurricane Ruth)
  25. Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps – Bonafide (Jesi-Lu)
  26. Otis Taylor – Fantasizing About Being Black (Trance Blues)
  27. Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin’? (Electro Fi)
  28. Jim Gustin & Truth Jones – Memphis (Jim Gustin)
  29. The Como Mamas – Move Upstairs (Daptone)
  30. Katie Webster – The Swamp Boogie Queen Live (TopCat)
  31. John Lee Hooker – Whiskey & Wimmen (Vee Jay)
  32. Sam & Dave – Stax Classics (Stax/Rhino)
  33. Otis Redding – Stax Classics (Stax/Rhino)
  34. Carla Thomas – Stax Classics (Stax/Rhino)
  35. Booker T. & the MGs – Stax Classics (Stax/Rhino)
  36. Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue (Stax)
  37. Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire – Grown Ass Woman (Delmark)
  38. Kilborn Alley Blues Band – The Tolono Tapes (Run It Back)
  39. John Ginty & Aster Pheonyx – Rockers (American Showplace Music)
  40. Hot 8 Brass Band – On the Spot (Tru Thoughts)

June 30/July 2

Crossroads wraps up its salute to Memphis Soul with music from Hi Records, including classics from Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson and Otis Clay – plus an Otis Clay tribute and live performance in hour two of the show.

Also music from the newly named Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winners for this year – including the Hi Rhythm Section that played such a pivotal role in the signature sound of the Hi label, and Robert Cray, whose new album features Hi Rhythm. 

June 23/25

Crossroads continues its month-long tribute to Gregg Allman with more music from his solo albums and work with the Allman Brothers.

The June Memphis Soul feature continues this week with music from William Bell, whose latest album (and first on Stax in several decades) took home a Grammy. We’ll hear music from that and some of his classic Stax recordings as well. Plus in hour two, a House of Blues special with Al Bell (no relation) who led Stax Records during some of its most influential releases.

June 16/18

June 15th marked the birthday of soul cult favorite Eddie Hinton. A singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and session player, Hinton never won public acclaim during his lifetime, but since his passing has been recognized as a brilliant songwriter, powerful singer, and remarkable soul artist.

He also had connections to the Crossroads June dual feature of Memphis Soul and Gregg Allman, having appeared on a number of Stax classics and worked with Gregg and Duane Allman before the Allman Brothers Band was formed (he was invited to join, but declined the offer).

We’ll hear some of his best recordings, guest appearances (with Boz Scaggs, Mavis Staples, and the Hourglass) and covers of his songs (from Dusty Springfield, and Bettye LaVette).

Then, in hour two of the show and in conjunction with the Memphis Soul feature, it’s a Beale Street Caravan special with Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, paying tribute to the classic sound of the Hi label from Memphis and featuring musicians who were part of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section, the house band on so many of that label’s hits.

June 9/11

Crossroads kicks off a dual feature for June this time, paying tribute to Gregg Allman with the blues-influenced music he did as a solo artist and with the Allman Brothers Band, and also highlighting the sounds of Memphis Soul, classic and contemporary.

For this visit to the Crossroads, it’s music from newly released compilations to kick off the 60th anniversary of the legendary Memphis label, Stax Records. Featured are Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, and Booker T. & the MG’s.

Plus Memphis-inspired recent recordings from Amy Black, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Melissa Etheridge, concert previews and, in hour two of the show, a House of Blues Special on Memphis exploring the soul sounds of Stax and Hi Records, classic Memphis roots of rock and blues music, and some contemporary sounds coming from the city as well.