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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December 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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads:

New holiday blues releases

Live sets from the Chris O’Leary Band and Gary Clark, Jr.

A tribute to Paul Butterfield

And the latest from Eric Bibb, Mississippi Heat, Billy Boy Arnold, Marcia Ball, and Linsey Alexander

November 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the November saxophone feature with music from saxophonists Eddie Shaw, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Bobby Spencer, Doug James, the Honkers & Bar Walkers series celebrating the R&B tenor – and in hour two of the show, a special about saxophonist and jump blues star Louis Jordan.

Also new music from Soul Brothers Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls, Bill Frisell, JW-Jones, and Vaneese Thomas – daughter of R&B star Rufus Thomas.

November 21/23

Crossroads celebrates the birthday of Crescent City legend Dr. John with music from his early days up to his new album in hour one, and a House of Blues Special in hour two of the show. Also a tribute to  Chicago bluesman Michael Coleman, who passed away earlier this month, with music under his own name and with James Cotton,  and  more saxophone sounds for the November feature, including music from Jr. Walker, A.C. Reed, Joe Houston and David “Fathead” Newman.

November 14/16

Crossroads marks birthdays of zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, best known for his work with legendary Chicago blues artist, Howlin’ Wolf (including a Sumlin tribute special in hour two of the show). Plus recent Blues Blast Award winners and Maple Blues Award nominees, more blues and soul saxophone (including Eddie Shaw, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Mark Kazanoff, and the Blues Brothers horns) for the November blues & soul saxophone feature, and new music from Johnny Winter and Marcia Ball.

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November 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 new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads are albums from:

Linsey Alexander

Mississippi Heat

Eric Bibb

Rory Block

Big Harp George

Marcia Ball

Billy Boy Arnold

And several new blues saxophone albums for the November saxophone feature.

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1. Elvin Bishop - Can't Even Do Wrong Right (Alligator)

2. Otis Clay/Johnny Rawls - Soul Brothers (Catfood)

3. Alexis P. Suter - Love the Way You Roll (American Showplace Music)

4. Stacy Mitchhart - Live My Life (Dr. Sam)

5. Mud Morganfield/Kim Wilson - For Pops (Severn)

6. Billy Boy Arnold - The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Plain)

7. Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater - Soul Funky (Cleartone)

8. Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man (Alligator)

October 31/ November 2

Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Halloween with some tricks and treats. In hour one some great Halloween blues tricks from legends like Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, the Neville Brothers, and Muddy Waters along with the latest from John Mayall, Stacy Mitchhart, Otis Clay with Johnny Rawls, and the Chicago Blues All-Stars.

Then in hour two – a special treat to wrap up the Crossroads October feature with a House of Blues special with Elvin Bishop.

October 24/ 26

Crossroads highlights more music from October featured artist Elvin Bishop – including a song he did with B.B. King and music from his new album, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right. Plus birthday salutes to guitarist Jimmy Dawkins, harmonica player Sonny Terry, and also Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, including a House of Blues Bill Wyman special in hour two of the show.

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October 17/ 19

Crossroads continues with more music from October featured artist Elvin Bishop – this time from his mid-70s Juke Joint Jump album, the 2007 release Booty Bumpin’, the Paul Butterfield Band “Pigboy Crawshaw” and  “Lost Elektra Sessions’” and more.

Also new music from the Mannish Boys, Soul Brothers Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls, Ruthie Foster, the Alexis P. Suter Band and Marcia Ball

Plus classics from B.B. King, Al Green, and JJ Cale.

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October 10/ 12

Crossroads kicks off the October Elvin Bishop feature – spanning his career from the early days in the Paul Butterfield Band to his new album, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right.  Plus new music and a very busy week for blues concerts around town and around the region.

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