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 19/21

Crossroads continues the June Electric Chicago Blues/Chess Records 65th Anniversary Feature with music from two pioneering rock artists on the label – Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.

Plus electric Chicago blues from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band (inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame this year), Bernard Allison, and Muddy Waters – and a special in hour two celebrating one of today’s best known Chicago blues guitarists, the legendary Buddy Guy.

June 12/14

Crossroads kicks of the June Electric Chicago Blues feature (a celebration of both the 100th birthday of solid body electric guitar pioneer Les Paul and the 65th anniversary of the first record on the Chess label) with some classic recordings from Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and a House of Blues Chicago Blues special in hour two of the show.

Plus a birthday salute to Chicago blues bassist, singer and bandleader, Queen Sylvia Embry, remembering Marcus Belgrave, and artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week.

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June 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 highlight the best in new blues releases.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are new albums from:

Blues harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite

The Kentucky Headhunters with Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson

Soul blues star Otis Clay with Billy Price

The 2014 International Blues Challenge winner, Mr. Sipp

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1.     Cash Box Kings - Holding Court (Blind Pig)

2.     Robin McKelle & the Flytones - Heart of Memphis (Vizztone)

3.     Jewel Brown - Roller Coaster Boogie (Dynaflow)

4.     Igor Prado Band - Way Down South (Delta Groove)

5.     Slam Allen - Feel These Blues (American Showplace Music)

6.     Martin Lang - Chicago Harp Blues Sessions (Random Chance)

7.     The Blues Disciples - Big Beat (Land O Blues)

8.     Doug MacLeod - Exactly Like This (Reference)

May 29/31

This week at the Crossroads:

A wrap up of the month-long celebration of Stevie Wonder’s 65th birthday

More music from B.B King and the recently announced Blues Music Awards winners (including Keb’ Mo’, Deanna Bogart, Lurrie Bell and Elvin Bishop) 

Music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week – including Charles Bradley, Monophonics, Robin Trower and Moreland & Arbuckle

A farewell to Leon Redbone who just announced his retirement

May 22/24

May 15/17

Crossroads highlights more music from May featured artist Stevie Wonder along with songs he wrote for the Marvelettes and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – plus music from recent Blues Music Award Winners Ruthie Foster and Charlie Musselwhite; new music from the Igor Prado Band and Linsey Alexander; a classic from Al Green; and music from blues acts with concerts in the coming week, including artists appearing at this year’s Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival.

May 8/10

Crossroads kicks off its May feature celebrating the 65th birthday of Stevie Wonder with music from the soul legend, and in hour two of the show, a special about Motown, the famous label that Wonder called his recording home. Plus birthday salutes to Joe Bonamassa, and Phil Wiggins of Cephus & Wiggins; music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week; and new music from Marcus Miller, the Altered Five Blues Band, Pops Staples and Steve Krase.

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1.       Igor Prado Band - Way Down South (Delta Groove)

2.       Brad Absher & Swamp Royale - Lucky Dog (Montrose)

3.       Chuck Berry - The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-1961 (Acrobat)

4.       Shaun Murphy - Loretta (Vision Wall)

5.       Martin Lang - Chicago Harp Blues Sessions (Random Chance)

6.       Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

7.       The Blues Disciples - Big Beat (Land O Blues)

8.       Benny Turner - Journey (NOLA Blue)