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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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Crossroads: Best of 2014

Dec 23, 2014

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2014 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.


1. On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom by Dennis McNally (Counterpoint)

December 26/28

This week’s Crossroads highlights music from artists with regional New Year’s Eve concerts, and celebrates birthdays of Ziggy Modeliste of the Meters, Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers, and R&B impresario Johnny Otis.

Plus Ed Palermo’s tribute to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band - newly named inductees into the Rock Hall of Fame, a tribute to Stax singer Wendy Rene, and new music from Bill Frisell and Maple Blues Awards nominee Harpdog Brown.

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December 19/21

It’s holiday time at the Crossroads. The annual show features the best of blues, R&B and gospel seasonal favorites – including music from B.B. King, Charles Brown, Koko Taylor, Ray Charles, Etta James, the Campbell Brothers and more. 

December 12/14

Crossroads remembers saxophonist Bobby Keys and keyboardist Ian McLagan, two prolific and blues-drenched players who worked with a who’s who of classic rock greats. Highlights include music they did with the Small Faces, Ron Wood, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Chuck Berry and more.

Plus some holiday blues sounds and new music from Johnny Winter, the Ultimate New Orleans Brass compilation, Otis Clay with Johnny Rawls, and the Andy T-Nick Nixon Band.

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

2.       Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age (OKeh)

3.       Dr. John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat (Concord)

4.       JW-Jones - Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig)

5.       Bobby Spencer - Hurricane Unleashed (R Music)

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

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

8.       Missy Anderson - In the Moment (Main Squeeze)

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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.