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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9:02 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New Month/New Music time with the latest from Bob Stroger, Ronnie Earl, the Nighthawks and more

Award winning bassist Bob Stroger

July 4/6

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 at the Crossroads:

Blues Music Award winning bassist Bob Stroger

The return of Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters and the Nighthawks

A new compilation highlighting blues shouter Wynonie Harris

Plus, the Mannish Boys, the Andy T/Nick Nixon Band, Dave Spector, Deanna Bogart and more.

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11:56 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Wrapping Up the Last Half Decade of BMA Awards with 2010/11 Winners + Concert Previews & New Release

Blues Music Award winner Joe Louis Walker
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June 27/29

This week at the Crossroads we wrap up the June feature looking back at the last half decade of Blues Music Award winners with artists who took home awards in 2010 and 2011 – including Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker, Irma Thomas, Dr. John and Pinetop Perkins. Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and new music from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eden Brent, Damon Fowler, and Janiva Magness.

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8:38 am
Mon June 16, 2014

2012/13 Blues Music Awards winners, new IMA winners and Living Blues nominees

Valerie June, Crossroads featured award winner

June 20/22

Crossroads continues its look back at the last half decade of the Blues Music Awards with 2012 & 2013 winners featured this time. Plus music from the Independent Music Awards winners and Living Blues Awards nominees that were just recently announced, artists with concerts in the coming weeks, and new releases from Billy Branch, Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Among the award winners featured this time are Valerie June, Ruthie Foster, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Curtis Salgado, Tab Benoit, and Buddy Guy.

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Music
9:02 am
Mon June 9, 2014

This week at the Crossroads – the 2014 Blues Music Awards winners

2014 Blues Music Awards winner Buddy Guy
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June 13/15

This week at the Crossroads, it’s the start of the June feature looking back at the last half-decade of Blues Music Awards winners. This week Crossroads focuses on the recently announced 2014 winners, including Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Clark, Jr., and Irma Thomas.

Plus new music from JJ Thames, Mike Zito, Kent Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, and the new live tribute to Gregg Allman.

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10:16 am
Mon June 2, 2014

May featured artist the Holmes Brothers are No. 1 on Crossroads' May Top 40

Brotherhood, The Holmes Brothers
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Crossroads Top 40 -  MAY 2014

1.       Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood (Alligator)

2.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)

3.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

4.       John & Sylvia Embry - Troubles (Delmark)

5.       Dave Keller - Soul Changes (Tastee Tone)

6.       Brent Johnson - Set the World on Fire (Justin Time)

7.       John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Blue Corn)

8.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)

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9:38 am
Mon June 2, 2014

New Month/New Music time with John Mayall, Chicago Blues All Stars, a Gregg Allman tribute & more

A Special Life, new album from John Mayall
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June 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 at the Crossroads:

Blues rock veteran John Mayall

Vanesse Thomas, daughter of Rufus Thomas

A tribute to Gregg Allman

The Chicago Blues All Stars

Horn man Terry Hanck

The return of Dave and Phil Alvin

Kenny Wayne Shepherd…and more.

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8:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

A last round with the Holmes Brothers, new Kelley Hunt & covers of Elvis Costello

Crossroads features new music from Kelley Hunt
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May 30/June 1

This week at the Crossroads, a final visit with May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers, including music from their new album, Brotherhood, and also from the Jubilation album, the first release from Peter Gabriel’s RealWorld label to feature an American group.

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4:19 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers, new music & classics from Muddy and Albert King

The Robert Cray Band, In My Soul, 2014

May 23/25

Crossroads highlights more from May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers; new music from Brent Johnson, Kent Burnside, the Robert Cray Band and Leon Russell; and classics from Albert King and Muddy Waters. Then in hour two of the show, a House of Blues special focusing on the relationship of gospel and the blues, including music from the Holmes Brothers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more.

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Blues
2:35 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A birthday salute to Big Joe Turner, May’s featured Holmes Brothers, and Chautauqua Hill artists

1974: Big Joe Turner (aka The Boss of Blues) in Berlin. Turner and others featured Friday and Sunday.

May 16/18

This time at the Crossroads – a birthday salute to the great Kansas City blues shouter Big Joe Turner, more from May featured artists the Holmes Brothers, artists at this year’s Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival – including a sneak peek at the new album from fest artist Eden Brent, and new music from Lisa Mann, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, and the Memphis-inspired release from Tweed Funk.

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9:53 am
Wed May 7, 2014

American rockers Little Feat are No. 1 on Crossroads' April Top 40

Little Feat, pictured here in 1973, tops Crossroads' April Top 40.
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Crossroads Top 40 - APRIL 2014
1.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)
2.       Magic Sam - Live at the Avant Garde (Delmark)
3.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)
4.       John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Blue Corn)
5.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)
6.       Eddie Cotton - Here I Come (DeChamp)
7.       Robben Ford - A Day in Nashville (Provogue)
8.       Tinsley Ellis - Midnight Blue (Heartfixer Music)
9.       Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood (Alligator)

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