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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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.

February 20/22

Throughout February, Crossroads highlights music from the blues and R&B winners of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards –this time including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Etta James and a special salute to Bo Diddley. Listen for some of his classic recordings, a fascinating new Bo Diddley beat inspired song from Malian artist Samba Toure, and a special in hour two exploring how that beat inspired a wide array of songs and artists.

  February 13/15

Throughout February, Crossroads highlights music from the blues and R&B winners of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards - including music in hour one from Muddy Waters, Booker T & the MGs and John Lee Hooker.

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February 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:

Steve Earle’s soon-to-be released blues album, Terraplane

The third album on his own label from Tinsley Ellis

  The return of blues pals Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King

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1.     Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - For Pops (Severn)

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

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

4.     Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

5.     Mississippi Heat - Warning Shot (Delmark)

6.     Alexis P. Suter - Love the Way You Roll (American Showplace Music)

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

January 30/February 1

Crossroads wraps up its look back at the Best of 2014 by highlighting some of this year’s blues and blues-related Grammy nominees. Plus a birthday salute to R&B great Ruth Brown and a tribute to Bo Dollis, Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, the first Mardi Gras Indian to commercially record and one of the Crescent City’s great Indian groups.

January 23/25

This week at the Crossroads, as part of the January Best of 2014 feature, it’s a special salute to the new Rock Hall of Fame inductees – the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers, the 5 Royales, and Stevie Ray Vaughan (including a Stevie Ray & Double Trouble special in hour two of the show).

Plus more favorites of the past year and a birthday salute to legendary R&B singer Etta James.

January 16/18

This week’s Crossroads remembers two artists who recently passed away:  Popsy Dixon, drummer and singer with the Holmes Brothers, and guitarist Jeff Golub.

Plus more of the Best of 2014 – this time highlighting Blues Music and Maple Blues Awards nominees – including Ruthie Foster, Alexis P. Suter, JW Jones, Walter Trout, Brandon Isaak, Sharon Jones, Eric Bibb, Harrison Kennedy and more.

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