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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June 24/26 Crossroads wraps up the June feature, celebrating the 45 th anniversary of Alligator Records. Among the highlights, music from Alligator artists just nominated in the 2016 Living Blues Awards – including Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Charlie Musselwhite, and Janiva Magness. Plus new music from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, Big Harp George, and Stax legend William Bell.

June 17/19 This week’s Crossroads continues the June celebration of Alligator Records' 45 th year with music from the new label anniversary compilation, Hound Dog Taylor (the first artist recorded on Alligator) and a tribute album to him later released on the label, along with Alligator releases from Otis Rush, Curtis Salgado, Marcia Ball, Toronzo Cannon, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, both lineups of the Nightcats, C.J. Chenier, and more. Plus new music from Little Charlie & Organ Grinder...

June 10/15 Crossroads marks birthdays of blues greats Howlin’ Wolf (June 10) and Leroy Carr (June 12) this week. Plus more music for the June feature celebrating the 45 th anniversary of Alligator Records. Artists featured this time include Fenton Robinson, Albert Collins, Son Seals, Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins and more. New releases featured this week include the studio debut of the Corey Dennison Band, more previously...

1. Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep (Red Wing) 2. Johnny Winter – Live in Sweden (MVD) 3. Eric Bibb – North Country Far (Stony Plain) 4. Cha Wa – Funk ‘n’ Feathers (Upt Music) 5. Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues – Give It Away (Plantation #1 Productions) 6. Guy King – The Truth (Delmark) 7. Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (New West) 8. C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo (King Hokum) 9. Moreland and Arbuckle – Paradise or Bust (Alligator) 10. King Louis/LaRhonda Steele – Rock Me Baby (Shoug) 11...

June 3/5 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. Among the highlights this time: Alligator Records Anniversary compilation and the latest Alligator releases from Moreland & Arbuckle, Toronzo Cannon, Curtis Salgado, and a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson in conjunction with the June Crossroads feature celebrating the blues label’s 45 th anniversary The return...

May 27/29 Crossroads wraps up the May feature with Bonnie Raitt with music from across the blues-rock star’s career and from guest appearances she did with Ruth Brown, Charlies Brown, B.B. King, Boz Scaggs, Little Feat and more. Plus more 2016 Blues Music Awards winners – including Ruthie Foster, John Primer, Sonny Landreth, and Allen Toussaint, and new releases from Eric Bibb, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Al Basile, Swamp Cabbage, and Johnny Winter with Dr. John.

May 20/22 This week at the Crossroads , we remember several artists who passed away recently – Candye Kane, Lonnie Mack and Otis Clay; highlight winners of this year’s Blues Music Awards announced earlier this month; continue with more music from May featured artist Bonnie Raitt; and feature new music from Janiva Magness, Andy Santana, Duke Robillard, Curtis Salgado and Dennis Jones; and preview artists with concerts in the coming week.

May 13/15 Crossroads highlights music from May featured artist Bonnie Raitt – including selections from her new album Dig In Deep , her classic Home Plate , and a guest appearance with Jon Cleary. Plus a classic from Albert King, new releases from Johnny Winter and Tommy Z, and some Crescent City sounds from Dr. John, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the new debut album from Cha Wa.

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1. Various – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator) 2. Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep (Red Wing) 3. Magic Sam – Black Magic (Delmark) 4. Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (New West) 5. Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator) 6. King Louis/LaRhonda Steele – Rock Me Baby (Shoug) 7. Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Tengo Blues (Del Toro) 8. Ebony Jo-Ann - Please Save Your Love For Me (Ebony Jo-Ann) 9. Benny Turner - When She's Gone (Nola Blue) 10. Elmore James - The...

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May 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. Among the highlights this time are new albums from: -May featured artist Bonnie Raitt
-Wichita favorites Moreland and Arbuckle with their label debut on Alligator Records
- The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues
-Mardi Gras Indian inspired group Cha Wa
-Australian blues and hokum player C.W...

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