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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March 11/13

Crossroads features music from March featured artists Jimmie Vaughan (as a leader and with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and, in hour two, a House of Blues special with Vaughan as a special guest) and this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees – this time including Jimmy Johnson, Elvin Bishop, and Eddy Clearwater. Plus new music from the Knickerbocker All Stars, Andy Santana, and Toni Lynn Washington, and artists with concerts in the coming week.

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March 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 blues releases. Among the highlights this time:

A new album of contemporary songs from Grammy-winner Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers

Another new set from contemporary Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon

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1.                Benny Turner - When She's Gone (Nola Blue)

2.                Eddie Cotton – One At A Time (DeChamp)

3.                Magic Sam - Black Magic (Delmark)

4.                Andy Santana & the West Coast Playboys - Watch Your Step! (Delta Groove)

5.                Ebony Jo-Ann - Please Save Your Love For Me (Ebony Jo-Ann)

6.                Al Basile - B's Expression (Al Basile)

7.                Trudy Lynn - Everything Comes With A Price (Connor Ray Music)

February 26/28

This week at the Crossroads for the February feature, it’s the final four years in The R&B Years series, covering 1953-1956. Among the artists featured from that time are Fats Domino (whose birthday is Friday), Billy Boy Arnold (with a song inducted into this year’s Blues Hall of Fame) and Ruth Brown (honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys).

February 19/21

Crossroads continues the February feature with more hits and rarities from the next four volumes in The R&B Years series, this time covering 1949 through 1952. Plus music from several blues acts with concerts in the coming week, new blues releases (including Trudy Lynn and Ebony Jo-Ann), and a birthday salute to the legendary Nina Simone.

February 12/14

Crossroads kicks off the February feature celebrating The R&B Years by delving into a wonderful import compilation series covering the early ‘40s to the mid ‘50s with both classic and rare R&B gems. We’ll highlight sounds from the first four of twelve volumes in the series this time, with more to come through the rest of the month.

February 5/7

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:

The latest from soul blues star Johnny Rawls

Maple Blues Awards nominee Cecile Doo-Kingue

Texas bluesman (and Freddy King’s brother) Benny Turner

A return to his roots from North Mississippi All Star Luther Dickinson

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1.                Zora Young/Little Mike & the Tornadoes - Friday Night (El Rob)

2.                Sam Butler – Raise Your Hands (Severn)

3.                Toni Lynn Washington – I Wanna Dance (Regina Royale)

4.                Trudy Lynn - Everything Comes With A Price (Connor Ray Music)

5.                Harmonica Shah - If You Live to Get Old, You Will Understand (Electro-Fi)

6.                The Ragpicker String Band – The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog)

 January 29/31

Crossroads wraps up the January Best of 2015 feature with some show favorites, Blues Music Awards nominees, and also newly announced winners in the Offbeat and Maple Blues awards. Plus birthday salutes to singer Big Time Sarah (who passed away in 2015) and blues harp great Charlie Musselwhite . We also remember Otis Clay who recently passed away and highlight more music from the massive 2015 Otis Redding Soul Manifesto box set.

January 22/24

Crossroads pays tribute to Texas bluesman Long John Hunter, who passed away earlier this month, and remembers some artists who passed away last year, including Jeff Golub and Smokin’ Joe Kubek.

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