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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Blues
5:40 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums September 2013

1.       Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (RCA/Silvertone)

2.       Robben Ford - Bringing It Back Home (Provogue)

3.       Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind (Masterworks)

4.       Samantha Fish - Black Wind Howlin' (Ruf)

5.       Blind Willie Johnson - The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Blind Willie Johnson (World Music Network)

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Blues
6:42 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Top 40 Albums August 2013

1. Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (RCA/Silvertone)
2. Merry Clayton - Best of Merry Clayton (Ode/Legacy)
3. Dayna Kurtz - Secret Canon Vol. 2 (Kismet/MC Records)
4. Various - 20 Feet from Stardom (Columbia)
5. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)

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Blues
5:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

September Feature: Maria Muldaur

Credit MariaMuldaur.com

Though Maria Muldaur made her mark on the pop charts with her big hit, "Midnight at the Oasis," her real legacy instead is the long line of impressive and eclectic roots music recordings that followed. Now celebrating her 70th birthday, she remains an impressive singer and interpreter of rich, deep veins of American music.

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Blues
8:51 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums July 2013

1. Mavis Staples - One True Vine (Anti-)
2. Bobby McFerrin - Spirit You All (Masterworks)
3. Trampled Under Foot - Badlands (Telarc)
4. Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa - Seesaw (J&R Adventures)
5. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)

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Blues
8:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

August Feature: Allen Toussaint and J.J. Cale

Allen Toussaint at the piano on stage at the Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans.
Credit Marie Carianna / Wikimedia Commons

Throughout August, Crossroads features music from legendary pianist, composer, producer and National Medal of Arts recipient Allen Toussaint and also Americana singer-songwriter J.J. Cale who passed away at the end of July.

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Blues
5:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Top 40 Albums June 2013

1. Hadden Sayers - Rolling Soul (Blue Corn)
2. Cash Box Kings - Black Toppin' (Blind Pig)
3. Duke Robillard Band - Independently Blue (Stony Plain)
4. Fabulous Thunderbirds - On the Verge (Severn)
5. Delbert & Glen - Blind, Crippled and Crazy (New West)

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Blues
5:25 am
Mon July 1, 2013

July Feature: Pinetop Perkins and Bobby Blue Bland

Pinetop Perkins at the Riverwalk Blues Festival in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit Carl Lender / Wikimedia Commons

Throughout July, Crossroads marks the centennial birthday of influential blues pianist, long time Muddy Waters band member and blues session player Pinetop Perkins. We'll also pay tribute to the great blues singer Bobby Blue Bland, who passed away last month at the age of 83.

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Blues
10:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

June Feature: Bobby Robinson's Labels

Throughout June, Crossroads will be spinning golden oldies and rarities from Bobby Robinson's classic doo-wop and R&B labels.

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Blues
3:31 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Top 40 Albums May 2013

Credit Deborah Feingold / rollingstone.com

1. Boz Scaggs - Memphis (429 Records)
2. Tom Jones - Spirit in the Room (Rounder)
3. Robin Trower - Roots and Branches (V12)
4. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)
5. Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson - Beyond Carnival (Rabadash)

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Blues
8:34 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums April 2013

Topping the Crossroads April Top 40 New Releases list is Boz Scaggs' soul-drenched Memphis.
Credit Deborah Feingold / www.429records.com
  1. Boz Scaggs - Memphis (429 Records)
  2. Big Bill Morganfield - Blules With A Mood (Black Shuck)
  3. Dynamites w/ Charles Walker - Love Is Only Everything (Gemco)
  4. Robin Trower - Roots and Branches (V12)
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