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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Blues
11:37 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Top 40 Albums November 2012

1. David Maxwell - Blues in Other Colors (Blue Duchess)
2. Hans Theessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
4. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
5. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
6. Chris O'Leary Band - Waiting for the Phone to Ring (Vizztone)
7. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
8. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
9. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)

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Blues
7:10 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Top 40 Albums October 2012

1. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
2. Hans Thessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
4. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
5. Marion James - Northside Soul (Ellersoul)
6. Maceo Parker - Soul Classics (Razor & Tie)
7. Raphael Wressnig/ALex Schultz - Soul Gift (ZYW)
8. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
9. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
10. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
11. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)

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Blues
9:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

November Feature: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the key blues groups of the '60s and important players in the blues revival of the era. Inspired by the classic blues of their home base of Chicago, the band would add rock and other elements to create its own dynamic and influential sound.

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Blues
3:15 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Top 40 Albums September 2012

  1. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  2. Magic Slim & the Teardrops - Bad Boy (Blind Pig)
  3. Marion James - Northside Soul (Ellersoul)
  4. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats - One Wrong Turn (Alligator)
  5. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
  6. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  7. Raphael Wressnig/ALex Schultz - Soul Gift (ZYW)
  8. Albert Castiglia - Living the Dream (Blues Leaf)
  9. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  10. Janiva Magness - Stronger For It (Alligator)
  11. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Ma
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Blues
8:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

October Feature: British Blues Boom

In the 1960s, a group of artists and bands began to emerge in England who were inspired by American blues. A changing world following the war, music from American servicemen and radio broadcasts, and tours, starting with Big Bill Broonzy in the early '50s, continuing with some of the major names in American blues after a key visit by Muddy Waters in 1958,and the American Folk Blues Festival tours that traveled England and the rest of Europe for a number of years all helped to inspire interest in the music.

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Blues
3:34 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Top 40 Albums August 2012

  1. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  2. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Make That Happen (Sly Dog)
  3. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  4. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
  5. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats - ONe Wrong Turn (Alligator)
  6. Albert Castiglia - Living the Dream (Blues Leaf)
  7. Mannish Boys - Double Dynamite (Delta Groove)
  8. The 44s - Americana (Rip Cat)
  9. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
  10. Anthony Gomes - Up 2 Zero (Anthony Gomes)
  11. Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers - Wh
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Music
8:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

August Feature: Stevie Ray Vaughan

Though Stevie Ray Vaughan's main career spanned less than a decade, he managed in that short time to help spark a new interest in blues, established himself as one of the great guitarists of popular music, and won a prominent place in fans hearts where he remains to this day, over twenty years since his passing in a tragic helicopter accident in August, 1990.

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Blues
11:52 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Top 40 Albums July 2012

  1. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  2. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  3. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Make That Happen (Sly Dog)
  4. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
  5. Johnny Rawls - Soul Survivor (Catfood)
  6. Mud Morganfield - Son of the Seventh Son (Severn)
  7. Jon Cleary - Occapella!
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Blues
9:48 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

Though now recognized as one of the greats of the blues and one of the best guitarists of all time, Buddy Guy didn’t find recognition or success quickly or easily.

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Blues
2:48 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Top 40 Albums June 2012

  1. Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz)
  2. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  3. Billy Boy Arnold - Sings Big Bill Broonzy (Electro-Fi)
  4. Shakura S'aida - Time...(Electro-Fi)
  5. Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials - Jump Start (Alligator)
  6. Enrico Crivellaro - Freewheelin' (Electro-Fi)
  7. JD McPherson - Signs and Signifiers (Rounder)
  8. Duke Robillard Jazz Trio - Wobble Walkin' (Blue Duchess)
  9. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Red Wing)
  10. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Make That Happen (Sly Dog)
  11. Nathan James
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