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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February 10/12

Throughout February, Crossroads explores the blues side of the Rolling Stones – highlighting the more blues oriented songs and covers they’ve done, the original versions of songs they covered, and the blues artists who influenced and inspired them. This time Chuck Berry and Rufus Thomas covers from two early albums from the Stones, and in hour two of the show, part one of a two part special about the blues and the Rolling Stones.  Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and new music from Trudy Lynn, JW-Jones and more.

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1. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Maxwell Street (Stony Plain) 

2. Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (Interscope)

3. Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling (Delmark)

4. The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Strong Like That (Severn)

5. Raphael Wressnig/Igo Prado – The Soul Connection (ZYX)

6. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)

7. Joey Gilmore Band – Respect the Blues (Mosher St. Records)

February 3/5

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.

The new year kicks off with a number of impressive new titles from the likes of Elvin Bishop, Beth Hart, John Mayall, Ronne Baker Brooks, Wee Willie Walker, Otis Taylor, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Sharon Lewis.

January 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the January feature looking back at the best of 2016 with music from this year’s Blues Music Awards and Grammy nominees. Among the artists featured: Wee Willie Walker, Bobby Rush, Toronzo Cannon, William Bell, Moreland & Arbuckle, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Plus more show favorites and music from several artists with concerts in the coming week.

January 20/22

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2016 feature with more show favorites from the past year, including John Long and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters (in tribute also to the band’s bassist who just passed away). Plus a look at this year’s Maple Blues Awards nominees, perhaps the most prestigious blues awards in Canada.  Winners are announced this Monday and the show highlights nearly all of the nominees, including Blue Moon Marquee, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Fat Head, Harpdog Brown and more.

January 13/15

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2016 feature with more show favorites and blues Grammy nominees, including Lurrie Bell, the Rolling Stones, Magic Same, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Meters and more.

Plus remembering the far too many artists who passed away last year, including Long John Hunter, Barrelhouse Chuck, Lonnie Mack, Sharon Jones, Maurice White, Buckwheat Zydeco, Candye Kane, Mose Allison and more.

January 6/8

Crossroads counts down the Top 20 favorites of 2016 to kick off a month-long look back at the best of the past year. More favorites; other honorees, nominees and special projects; tributes to artists who passed away in the past year and more in store on Crossroads throughout January. For the full list of 2016 favorites from Crossroads and our other KMUW music shows, click here.

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  1. Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (Interscope)

 

  1. Raphael Wressnig/Igo Prado – The Soul Connection (ZYX)

 

  1. Trudy Lynn – I’ll Sing the Blues for You (Connor Ray)

 

  1. Bobby Blue Bland – The Singles Collection 1951-1962 (Acrobat)

 

  1. Big Head Blues Club – Way Down Inside (Big Records)

 

December 30/January 1

Crossroads marks the birthday of roots  rock pioneer Bo Diddley with a number of his classic hits in hour one of the show and a special exploring the ‘Bo Diddley Beat’ in hour two.

Also a tribute to blues piano man Barrelhouse Chuck, who passed away earlier this month. Crossroads highlights music from his last album and work he did with Kim Wilson, the Cash Box Kings, Dave Specter, Mud Morganfield and Nick Moss.  Also new music from the Rolling Stones, Dennis Gruenling, Matthew Skoller and Corey Dennison.

Crossroads: Best of 2016

Dec 22, 2016

Crossroads | Best of 2016

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