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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8:51 am
Mon August 25, 2014

A Final Salute To Johnny Winter And Birthday Feature For Robert Cray Plus This Week's Concerts

Robert Cray, blues guitarist, turns 61

August 29/31

This week at the Crossroads, a final salute to Johnny Winter and birthday celebration for Robert Cray – the August feature on the show - plus music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week, and new releases – including the return of ‘60s veterans John Mayall and Kim Simmonds with Savoy Brown, and tributes to Muddy Waters from son Mud Morganfield, and Rufus Thomas from daughter Vaneese Thomas.

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4:07 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

2014 Living Blues Awards Winners Plus August Featured Artists Johnny Winter & Robert Cray

81-year old debut blues artist Leo Welch

August 22/24

The 2014 Living Blues Awards were just announced and Crossroads highlights music from the winners in this week’s show – including Buddy Guy, Lurrie Bell, James Cotton, Marcia Ball, 81-year old debut artist Leo Welch, and the Campbell Brothers.

Plus more music from August featured artists Johnny Winter and Robert Cray; artists with concerts in the coming week; and new music from the ReBirth Brass Band, Ruthie Foster, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, and tuba master Bob Stewart.

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8:48 am
Mon August 11, 2014

More From August Featured Artists Johnny Winter & Robert Cray Plus Local/Regional Concerts

August featured artist Johnny Winter with blues man Muddy Waters

August 15/17

Crossroads continues the August feature of music from Johnny Winter – including a track from one of his Grammy-winning albums with Muddy Waters and from his own classic release, Still Alive and Well – and from Robert Cray – with music from his latest release, In My Soul, and from his breakthrough recording, Strong Persuader.

Plus new music from Kelley Hunt, Kent Burnside, Lisa Mann, Keb’Mo’ and the new ZZ Top best-of set, and selections from artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

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10:37 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Crossroads Top 40 Albums of July 2014

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers Top 40 Album, Emergency Situation
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Crossroads Top 40 -  July 2014

1.       Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers - Emergency Situation (Blind Pig)

2.       Dave Specter - Message in Blue (Delmark)

3.       Mannish Boys - Wrapped Up and Ready (Delta Groove)

4.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

5.       Andy T/Nick Nixon Band - Livin' It Up (Delta Groove)

6.       Vaneese Thomas - Blues for My Father (Segue)

7.       Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Goin' Home (Concord)

8.       Bob Corritore - Taboo (Delta Groove)

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10:04 am
Mon August 4, 2014

August Featured Artists Johnny Winter And Robert Cray Plus Local/Regional Concerts

Blues-rock guitar legend Johnny Winter

August 8/10

Crossroads kicks off the August feature remembering blues-rock guitar legend Johnny Winter, and celebrating the August birthday of blues star, Robert Cray. Highlights include the debut albums from both artists, music from Cray’s False Accusations album, and Johnny Winter live at Fillmore East. Then in hour two, it’s part one of a two part House of Blues special saluting Johnny Winter, with classic tracks and rare archival interview material (part two will air next week on the show).

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10:08 am
Mon July 28, 2014

New Music From Ruthie Foster, A Host Of Harp Players, And A Tribute To Muddy Waters

Promise Of A Brand New Day, new album from Ruthie Foster
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August 1/3

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 at the Crossroads:

A preview of Ruthie Foster’s new album

A new best-of from ZZ Top

Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson salute Muddy Waters

Rick Estrin Live and Jimmy Thackery who is touring live

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8:41 am
Mon July 21, 2014

In A Gospel Groove With The Holmes Brothers, Campbell Brothers, B.B. King & Rebirth Brass Band

American Sacred Steel gospel group Campbell Brothers

July 25/27

Crossroads continues its July Blues Festival feature with live music from Mac Arnold, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and in hour two of the show, a concert performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers, at the Savannah Music Festival. Also music from Guy Forsyth, newly named NEA Heritage Fellows, the Holmes Brothers, and new music from the Rebirth Brass Band, the Gregg Allman tribute concert, All My Friends, and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers.

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9:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Live Music from Robert Cray, Ruthie Foster, Byther Smith And More At The Crossroads

American blues guitarist Robert Cray

July 18/20

This week at the Crossroads we remember bass great Charlie Haden and Wichita blues star Jesse Anderson, highlight new music from two up-and-coming names in blues – Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton – and for our July Summer Blues Festival Feature, highlight live music from Robert Cray, Byther Smith, and in hour two of the show, a concert performance from Ruthie Foster at the Savannah Music Festival.

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10:22 am
Tue July 8, 2014

July Bluesfest feature kicks off with live music from B.B. King, Johnny Winter at Woodstock

Live music from B.B. King and others on Crossroads

July 11/13

This week at the Crossroads, the July Blues Festival feature with classic live recordings and concert specials kicks off. This week, it’s live music from B.B. King, Otis Clay and Johnny Winter at Woodstock. Then in hour two, a special performance from Mavis Staples at the Newport Folk Festival.

Plus new music from Vaneese Thomas - the daughter of R&B legend Rufus Thomas, Dave & Phil Alvin, and Savoy Brown.

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8:32 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Crossroads Top 40 Albums of June 2014

Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Goin' Home is the top album for June
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Crossroads Top 40 -  JUNE 2014

1.       Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Goin' Home (Concord)

2.       Various - All My Friends (Rounder)

3.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)

4.       Bob Corritore - Taboo (Delta Groove)

5.       Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers - The Devil You Know (Alligator)

6.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

7.       Savoy Brown - Goin' to the Delta (Ruf)

8.       Dave Keller - Soul Changes (Tastee Tone)

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