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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Courtesy photo / www.muddywaters.com

Though at some point in his life a few years were shaved off, credible evidence (including a marriage certificate, union card, social security filings and early interviews) all point to 1913 as the year of Muddy Waters' birth. And a century since that event, he remains one of the most influential figures in the blues.

1. Willie Buck - Cell Phone Man (Delmark)
2. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
3. Slide Brothers - Robert Randolph Presents the Slide Brothers (Concord)
4. James Hunter Six - Minute by Minute (Fantasy)
5. Various - The Cosimo Matassa Story Vol. 2 (Proper)
6. Otis Taylor - My World Is Gone (Telarc)
7. Mike Eldred Trio - 61/49 (Rip Cat)
8. Big Bill Morganfield - Blules With A Mood (Black Shuck)
9. Dennis Gruenling - Rockin' All Day (Vizztone)
10. Eric Burdon - 'Til Your River Runs Dry (ABKCO)

  1. Various - The Cosimo Matassa Story Vol. 2 (Proper)
  2. Various - R&B Hipshakers Vol. 3 (Vampi Soul)
  3. Willie Buck - Cell Phone Man (Delmark)
  4. Aaron Neville - My True Story (Blue Note)
  5. Various - The Enjoy Records Story (Fuel 2000)

Throughout March, Crossroads highlights music from both Johnny and Shemekia Copeland, along with our regular mix of classic recordings, new releases, birthday salutes and other blues and R&B favorites.

  1. Milton Hopkins/Jewel Brown - Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown (Dialtone)
  2. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  3. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)
  4. Mitch Woods - Blues Beyond Borders (Club 88/Vizztone)
  5. Sunny Crownover - Right Here Right Now (Blue Duchess)

  6. Lindsey Alexander - Been There Done That (Delmark)

  7. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  8. Joanne Shaw Taylor - Almost Always Never (Ruf)
  9. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
  10. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  11. Julian Fauth -

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)

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