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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September 23/25

Crossroads continues the September feature of music from Otis Redding (with music from his last posthumous album, Tell the Truth, and King and Queen with Carla Thomas) and more brass band sounds, including a forthcoming album and first studio set in five years from March Fourth.

September 16/18

Crossroads celebrates birthdays of legendary bluesman B.B. King (including a special appreciation in hour two of the show), as well as those of harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold, Chicago blues drummer Fred Below. Plus more brass bands for the September feature, this time from St. Louis with the Funky Butt Brass Band, along with new music, concert previews, some ‘country blues,’ and more.

Otis Redding's 75th

Sep 6, 2016

September 9/11

Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to mark what would have been Otis Redding’s 75th birthday. We’ll hear the first tracks the Southern Soul legend did with Stax, classic recordings from throughout his career, several of his posthumous albums, which also featured a number of his classics, and a couple of great Redding covers.

  1.  Moreland and Arbuckle – Promised Land or Bust (Alligator)


September 2/4

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:

The first new album from the Fabulous Thunderbirds in three years

The last album from soul singer Mighty Sam McClain

Early music from late bluesman Michael Burks

The return of Rufus Thomas’s daughter Vaneese Thomas

August 26/28

Crossroads wraps up the August blues harmonica feature with music from contemporary players and new releases featuring the instrument. Among the artists featured: Bob Corritore, Billy Branch, William Clarke, Curtis Salgado, Rod Piazza, and Jason Ricci.

August 19/21

This week at the Crossroads, for the August Blues Harmonica feature, it’s blues harp legends – the key figures who made the harmonica a central instrument in the blues, pioneering  new sounds and styles, and developed their own distinctive approach to the instrument. Among the artists featured are Big Walter, Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Billy Boy Arnold, and Sonny Boy Williamson I and II.

August 12/14

Crossroads highlights the blues harmonica – from classic to contemporary throughout August, including music this week from Mark Hummel, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, and Moreland & Arbuckle.

And the Living Blues Awards have just announced the winners in both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls and throughout August Crossroads will also feature music from those winners. This time it’s music from Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Otis Clay, and Allen Toussaint.

August 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. Among the highlights this time:

New blues harmonica releases to kick off the August feature including a new compilation of classic tracks from blues harp great Little Walter and new releases from Omar Coleman and Dennis Gruenling

New compilation sets featuring music of Big Maybelle, classic blues women and gospel blues

  1. William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)


  1. The Soul of John Black – Early in the Moanin’ (Cadabra)


  1. Eric Bibb – North Country Far (Stony Plain)


  1. Little Walter – The Complete Checker Singles As & Bs 1952-1960 (Acrobat)


  1. C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo (King Hokum)


  1. Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (Ruf)