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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Throughout February, Crossroads teams up with Global Village (Samba and the Sounds of Brazil) and Night Train (Louis Armstrong) for a month-long Mardi Gras celebration. At the Crossroads, it’s the sound of New Orleans blues and R&B.

  1. Lindsey Alexander - Been There Done That (Delmark)
  2. Sunny Crownover - Right Here Right Now (Blue Duchess)
  3. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
  4. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  5. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  6. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  7. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)
  8. Mitch Woods - Blues Beyond Borders (Club 88/Vizztone)
  9. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
  10. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
  11. Chris O'Leary Band - Waitin

1. When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy (DaCapo Press) The newly named Kennedy Center honoree offered a surprisingly readable look back at his life here, including a vivid account of the tough times he faced at first in Chicago and intriguing portraits of some of the blues legends whose paths he crossed on the way to become one himself.

Crossroads Best of 2012

Dec 12, 2012

  1. Heritage Blues Orchestra - And Still I Rise (Raisin' Music)
  2. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  3. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  4. Eddie C.

1. David Maxwell - Blues in Other Colors (Blue Duchess)
2. Hans Theessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
4. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
5. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
6. Chris O'Leary Band - Waiting for the Phone to Ring (Vizztone)
7. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
8. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
9. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)

1. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
2. Hans Thessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
4. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
5. Marion James - Northside Soul (Ellersoul)
6. Maceo Parker - Soul Classics (Razor & Tie)
7. Raphael Wressnig/ALex Schultz - Soul Gift (ZYW)
8. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
9. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
10. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
11. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the key blues groups of the '60s and important players in the blues revival of the era. Inspired by the classic blues of their home base of Chicago, the band would add rock and other elements to create its own dynamic and influential sound.

  1. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  2. Magic Slim & the Teardrops - Bad Boy (Blind Pig)
  3. Marion James - Northside Soul (Ellersoul)
  4. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats - One Wrong Turn (Alligator)
  5. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
  6. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  7. Raphael Wressnig/ALex Schultz - Soul Gift (ZYW)
  8. Albert Castiglia - Living the Dream (Blues Leaf)
  9. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  10. Janiva Magness - Stronger For It (Alligator)
  11. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Ma

In the 1960s, a group of artists and bands began to emerge in England who were inspired by American blues. A changing world following the war, music from American servicemen and radio broadcasts, and tours, starting with Big Bill Broonzy in the early '50s, continuing with some of the major names in American blues after a key visit by Muddy Waters in 1958,and the American Folk Blues Festival tours that traveled England and the rest of Europe for a number of years all helped to inspire interest in the music.

  1. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  2. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Make That Happen (Sly Dog)
  3. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  4. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
  5. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats - ONe Wrong Turn (Alligator)
  6. Albert Castiglia - Living the Dream (Blues Leaf)
  7. Mannish Boys - Double Dynamite (Delta Groove)
  8. The 44s - Americana (Rip Cat)
  9. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
  10. Anthony Gomes - Up 2 Zero (Anthony Gomes)
  11. Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers - Wh

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