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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Blues
1:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Crossroads Kicks Off "New Month/New Music" With Billy Ranch And Many More

February Feature: Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers

February  7/9

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 releases.

Among the titles featured this time at the Crossroads are new releases from:

This year’s Blues Grammy winner Charlie Musselwhite

Another talented blues harmonica player, Billy Branch

A previously unreleased set from West Side blues great Magic Sam – Live at the Avant Garde

Plus Tommy Castro, Root Doctor, Damon Fowler and more.  

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Music
9:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Crossroads' Top 40 Albums of January 2014

1. Cyril Neville - Magic Honey (Ruf)

2. Shawn Holt & the Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

3. Chris James/Patrick Rynn - Barrelhouse Stomp (Earwig)

4. Diana Braithwaite/Chris Whiteley - Scrap Metal Blues (Electro Fi)

5. David Bromberg - Only Slightly Mad (Appleseed)

6. Bryan Lee - Play One for Me (Severn)

7. Toronzo Cannon - John the Conquer Root (Delmark)

8. Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

9. The Sojourners - Sing and Never Get Tired (Little Pig)

10. Lurrie Bell - Blues in My Soul (Delmark)

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Music
11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

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Music
11:12 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Crossroads' Top 20: Best of 2013

1.       The Sojourners - Sing and Never Get Tired (Little Pig)

2.       Cash Box Kings - Black Toppin' (Blind Pig)

3.       Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

4.       Hadden Sayers - Rolling Soul (Blue Corn)

5.       Robben Ford - Bringing It Back Home (Provogue)

6.       Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin' (Blind Pig)

7.       Shawn Holt & the Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

8.       Dayna Kurtz - Secret Canon Vol. 2 (MC Records)

9.       Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band - Soul for Your Blues (Blue Dot)

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Music
2:55 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Crossroads' Top 40 Albums of December 2013

1.Toronzo Cannon - John the Conquer Root (Delmark)

2. Shaun Murphy - Cry of Love (Shaun Murphy)

3. The Rides - Can't Get Enough (429 Records)

4. The Sojourners - Sing and Never Get Tired (Little Pig)

5. Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

6. Trudy Lynn - Royal Oaks Blues Cafe (Connor Ray Music)

7. Chris James/Patrick Rynn - Barrelhouse Stomp (Earwig)

8. Shawn Holt & the Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

9. Sugaray Rayford - Dangerous (Delta Groove)

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Music
12:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Top 40 Albums November 2013

1.       The Sojourners - Sing and Never Get Tired (Little Pig)

2.       Freddy King - The King Years 1961-1962 (Not Now)

3.       Sean Chambers - The Rock House Sessions (Blue Heat)

4.       Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (RCA/Silvertone)

5.       Shawn Holt & the Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

6.       David Bromberg - Only Slightly Mad (Appleseed)

7.       Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

8.       Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band - Soul for Your Blues (Blue Dot)

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Blues
9:25 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Top 40 Albums October 2013

1.       Omar Dykes - Runnin' with the Wolf (Provogue)

2.       Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band - Soul for Your Blues (Blue Dot)

3.       Lurrie Bell - Blues in My Soul (Delmark)

4.       Shawn Holt & the Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

5.       Pete Anderson - Birds Above Guitarland (Little Dog)

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Blues
5:40 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums September 2013

1.       Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (RCA/Silvertone)

2.       Robben Ford - Bringing It Back Home (Provogue)

3.       Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind (Masterworks)

4.       Samantha Fish - Black Wind Howlin' (Ruf)

5.       Blind Willie Johnson - The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Blind Willie Johnson (World Music Network)

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Blues
6:42 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Top 40 Albums August 2013

1. Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (RCA/Silvertone)
2. Merry Clayton - Best of Merry Clayton (Ode/Legacy)
3. Dayna Kurtz - Secret Canon Vol. 2 (Kismet/MC Records)
4. Various - 20 Feet from Stardom (Columbia)
5. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)

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Blues
5:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

September Feature: Maria Muldaur

Credit MariaMuldaur.com

Though Maria Muldaur made her mark on the pop charts with her big hit, "Midnight at the Oasis," her real legacy instead is the long line of impressive and eclectic roots music recordings that followed. Now celebrating her 70th birthday, she remains an impressive singer and interpreter of rich, deep veins of American music.

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