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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8:57 am
Tue April 30, 2013

May Feature: The B3 Organ

Al Kooper on organ with Bob Dylan at the famed Newport Folk Festival appearance.
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Throughout May, Crossroads teams up with Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train and Straight No Chaser to celebrate B3 Month on KMUW. At the Crossroads, it's great players and recordings from both blues and soul that feature the instrument.

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8:16 am
Fri April 5, 2013

April Feature: Muddy Waters Centennial Celebration

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Though at some point in his life a few years were shaved off, credible evidence (including a marriage certificate, union card, social security filings and early interviews) all point to 1913 as the year of Muddy Waters' birth. And a century since that event, he remains one of the most influential figures in the blues.

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7:43 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Top 40 Albums March 2013

1. Willie Buck - Cell Phone Man (Delmark)
2. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
3. Slide Brothers - Robert Randolph Presents the Slide Brothers (Concord)
4. James Hunter Six - Minute by Minute (Fantasy)
5. Various - The Cosimo Matassa Story Vol. 2 (Proper)
6. Otis Taylor - My World Is Gone (Telarc)
7. Mike Eldred Trio - 61/49 (Rip Cat)
8. Big Bill Morganfield - Blules With A Mood (Black Shuck)
9. Dennis Gruenling - Rockin' All Day (Vizztone)
10. Eric Burdon - 'Til Your River Runs Dry (ABKCO)

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4:25 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Top 40 Albums February 2013

  1. Various - The Cosimo Matassa Story Vol. 2 (Proper)
  2. Various - R&B Hipshakers Vol. 3 (Vampi Soul)
  3. Willie Buck - Cell Phone Man (Delmark)
  4. Aaron Neville - My True Story (Blue Note)
  5. Various - The Enjoy Records Story (Fuel 2000)
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12:03 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

March Feature: Johnny and Shemekia Copeland

Throughout March, Crossroads highlights music from both Johnny and Shemekia Copeland, along with our regular mix of classic recordings, new releases, birthday salutes and other blues and R&B favorites.

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7:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Top 40 Albums January 2013

  1. Milton Hopkins/Jewel Brown - Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown (Dialtone)
  2. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  3. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)
  4. Mitch Woods - Blues Beyond Borders (Club 88/Vizztone)
  5. Sunny Crownover - Right Here Right Now (Blue Duchess)

  6. Lindsey Alexander - Been There Done That (Delmark)

  7. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  8. Joanne Shaw Taylor - Almost Always Never (Ruf)
  9. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
  10. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  11. Julian Fauth -
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8:54 am
Fri January 18, 2013

February Feature: Mardi Gras Month - New Orleans Blues and R&B

Throughout February, Crossroads teams up with Global Village (Samba and the Sounds of Brazil) and Night Train (Louis Armstrong) for a month-long Mardi Gras celebration. At the Crossroads, it’s the sound of New Orleans blues and R&B.

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9:15 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Top 40 Albums December 2012

  1. Lindsey Alexander - Been There Done That (Delmark)
  2. Sunny Crownover - Right Here Right Now (Blue Duchess)
  3. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
  4. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  5. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  6. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  7. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)
  8. Mitch Woods - Blues Beyond Borders (Club 88/Vizztone)
  9. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
  10. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
  11. Chris O'Leary Band - Waitin
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12:07 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Best Books in Music of 2012 - Chris Heim's Picks

1. When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy (DaCapo Press) The newly named Kennedy Center honoree offered a surprisingly readable look back at his life here, including a vivid account of the tough times he faced at first in Chicago and intriguing portraits of some of the blues legends whose paths he crossed on the way to become one himself.

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2:07 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Crossroads Best of 2012

  1. Heritage Blues Orchestra - And Still I Rise (Raisin' Music)
  2. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  3. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  4. Eddie C.
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