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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November 27/29

This week Crossroads wraps up the month-long celebration of the centennial birthday of Piedmont blues great Brownie McGhee. There are also some special sounds in store as Crossroads highlights the new blues and R&B recordings just named to the Grammy Hall of Fame, and also the newly named nominees for the Maple Blues Awards, the most prestigious of the Canadian blues awards. Plus new releases, classic recordings, and music from artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

November 20/22

This week at the Crossroads there’s more from November featured artist Brownie McGhee for his centennial birthday – including some rare jump blues he recorded for the Savoy label, along with classic blues, folk blues, and soul folk releases he did with long time partner Sonny Terry.

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November 13/15

Throughout November Crossroads celebrates the centennial birthday of blues great Brownie McGhee – this time including music from the hit Sonny & Brownie album and other recordings with long time partner Sonny Terry, from the American Folk Blues Festival with T Bone Walker and Willie Dixon, and an R&B hit he had under his own name in the late ‘40s.

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November 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 blues releases.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are:

New Chicago blues from Zora Young with Little Mike & the Tornadoes, and Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames

Eric Bibb with a tribute to Leadbelly

Canadian blues favorites Monkeyjunk

Guitarist Doug MacLeod

Blueswomen Karen Lovely, Fiona Boyes and Deb Callahan

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1.        Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

2.        Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown -  The Devil to Pay (Ruf)

3.        Gregg Allman - Live: Back to Macon GA (Rounder)

4.        Jimmy Burns – It Ain’t Right (Delmark)

5.        Leon Bridges - Coming Home (Columbia)

6.        John Primer - Muddy Waters 100 (Raisin' Music)

7.        Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin - Lost Time (Yep Roc)

8.        Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar (RCA)

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October 30/November 1

Crossroads wraps up the October Maria Muldaur feature with music she did with then-husband Geoff Muldaur, as a special guest with  the Jug Band Extravaganza, and on her own albums, including Yes We Can!, the Grammy-nominated Richland Woman Blues, Music for Lovers, and Southland of the Heart.

October 16/18

Crossroads marks the birthday of Chuck Berry with some of his classic tracks and a special in hour two of the show with music from a 60th birthday performance with special guests Eric Clapton, Linda Rondstadt, Etta James and Julian Lennon – and interviews with John Lennon, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry, himself.

October 9/11

Crossroads kicks off the October feature of music from acclaimed blues and roots singer Maria Muldaur. Plus music from the newly announced winners of the Blues Blast Music Awards.

Lots of blues concerts in store and we’ll highlight music from the artists performing around the region in the coming week.

And new music from Savoy Brown, John Primer, Gregg Allman, Shawn Amos, Royal Southern Brotherhood , John Mayall and more.

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1.       Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar (RCA)

2.       Robert Cray Band - 4 Nights of 40 Years Live (Provogue)

3.       Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

4.       Sonny Landreth - Bound By the Blues (Provogue)

5.       Andy T/Nick Nixon Band - Numbers Man (Blind Pig)

6.       Jimmy Reed - The Complete Singles As and Bs 1953-1961 (Acrobat)

7.       John Primer - Muddy Waters 100 (Raisin' Music)

8.       Gregg Allman - Live: Back to Macon GA (Rounder)

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October 2/4

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 blues releases.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are:

Savoy Brown with a new studio set celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band

An all-star cast from the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise on Jammin’ on the High Cs

Randall Bramblett’s Devil Music

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