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 17/19

Crossroads marks the birthday of popular Louisiana bluesman Tab Benoit, including a special live performance in hour two of the show. Plus more Blues Saxophone for the November feature, this time from Arnett Cobb, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Bull Moose Jackson, Red Prysock and more – and new music from JD McPherson, Chickenbone Slim, Wee Willie Walker, and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats.

November 10/12

Crossroads marks birthdays of blues legend Bobby Rush and soul legend Booker T.; features music from Louis Jordan, Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis for the November Blues Saxophone feature; and previews concerts for the coming week.

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  1.   Blind Boys of Alabama – Almost Home (BBOA)


  1. Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’ (Ruf)
  1. Randall Bramblett – Juke Joint at the Edge of the World (New West)
  1. Stanton Moore – With You in Mind (Cool Green)
  1. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready (OKeh)
  1. Sherman Holmes Project – The Richmond Sessions (M.C.)
  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  1. Van Morrison – Roll With the Punches (Exile/Caroline)
  1. Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)
  1. Johnny Rawls – Waiting for the Train (Catfood)
  1. Benny Turner – My Brother’s Blues (NOLA Blue)
  1. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats – Groovin’ in Greaseland (Alligator)
  1. Tommy Castro – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)
  1. Mitch Woods – Friends Along the Way (E One)
  1. Chickenbone Slim – The Big Beat (Chickenbone Slim)
  1. Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live in Lafayette (Provogue)
  1. Andy T Band – Double Strike (American Showplace Music)
  1. Various Artists – Jesus Rocked the Jukebox (Craft)
  1. The Sons of the Soul Revivers – Live! Rancho Nicasio (Little Village Foundation)
  1. Johnny DeFrancesco & Duke Jethro – A Tribute to B.B. King’s Live at the Regal (Ton A’ Chopps)
  1. Al Basile – Quiet Money (SweetSpot)
  1. Williams, Wayne & Isaak – Big City, Back Country Blues (Brandon Isaak)
  1. Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed and Dangerous (Blind Pig)
  1. Jimmy Reed – Mr. Luck (Craft)
  1. Corey Dennison Band – Night After Night (Delmark)
  1. Pee Wee Crayton – The Pee Wee Crayton Collection 1947-62 (Acrobat)
  1. Various Artists – Rough Guide to Holy Blues (World Music Network)
  1. John McNamara – Rollin’ With It (Bahool)
  1. Johnny Ray Jones – Feet Back in the Door (Moondogg)
  1. Doug MacLeod – Break the Chain (Reference Records)
  1. George Thorogood – Party of One (Rounder)
  1. Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train (M.C. Records)
  1. Walter Trout – We’re All in This Together (Provogue)
  1. John Lee Hooker – Whiskey & Wimmen (Vee Jay)
  1. Hamilton Loomis – Basics (Ham-Bone)
  1. Willa – Better Days (Building)
  1. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Lay It On Down (Concord)
  1. Jonny Lang – Signs (Concord)
  1. Chris ‘Bad News’ Barnes – Hokum Blues (Vizztone)
  1. The Nighthawks – All You Gotta Do (Eller Soul)

New Month/New Music Time

Oct 30, 2017
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November 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

Kim Wilson, back with Blues & Boogie

The return of the Original Blues Brothers Band with Steve Cropper

New music from veteran blues band, Downchild

Duke Robillard & his Dames of Rhythm (including Kelley Hunt, Maria Muldaur, Madeleine Peyroux, and Catherine Russell)

And New Orleans brass and funk band Bonerama’s first new release in four years.

October 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the October Elvin Bishop feature with music spanning his entire career: from his early days with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, to his first solo album, releases he did in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and a special covering his career up to and including his 2017 release with the Big Fun Trio.

Also blues concert previews for the coming week and new music from Savoy Brown, the Andy T Band, and Sonny Landreth.

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October 20/22

Crossroads continues the October Elvin Bishop feature for his 75th birthday with music from his Big Fun Trio and Can’t Even Do Wrong Right albums.

Bishop also shares a birthday (October 21, one year later) with Steve Cropper, the legendary Stax guitarist who was a cofounder of Booker T. & the MGs as well as the cowriter of a number of soul classics. Crossroads features a few of those classics in the first hour and a special conversation with Cropper in hour two of the show.

Plus music from a number of artists with concerts in the coming week and from Rhiannon Giddens, who just received a MacArthur “Genius Grant.”

October 13/15

Throughout October Crossroads marks the 75th birthday of Elvin Bishop with music from across his career, this time including music he did early in his career with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and from his albums Let It Flow and The Blues Rolls On.

Also,  the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for the Class of 2018, with winners chosen by popular vote. Blues and soul artists among those nominees are featured in this show – including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Rufus, the Meters and Nina Simone.

And there’s new music from Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Memphis, Stanton Moore’s salute to Allen Toussaint, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Randall Bramblett.

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October 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

Wee Willie Walker continues his comeback with a new album with the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra

Trumpeter, poet & former Roomful of Blues member Al Basile’s new album, Quiet Money

Corey Dennison, rising star on the Chicago blues scene, is back with his sophomore release

Several new gospel related releases, including new music from the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, a new Rough Guide compilation of gospel blues, and a small group gospel compilation called Jesus Rocked the Juke Box.

Plus more from recent releases from Gregg Allman, Sherman Holmes, Savoy Brown and more.

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  1. Williams, Wayne & Isaak – Big City, Back Country Blues (Brandon Isaak)
  1. Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)
  1. Johnny Rawls – Waiting for the Train (Cat Food)
  1. Sherman Holmes Project – The Richmond Sessions (M.C.)
  1. Jimmy Reed – Mr.


KMUW Music is celebrating National Coffee Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads on Friday, September 29 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

The special continues on Strange Currency with selections from Prince, Squeeze, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and John Hiatt, among others.