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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1:06 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

May featured artists the Holmes Brothers & new music from Robben Ford, Savoy Brown and more

The Holmes Brothers jazz trio

May 9/11

Crossroads highlights more from May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers, including music from their new album Brotherhood, their second set on the Rounder label – Where It’s At, and a guest appearance on a new album from Tommy Castro. Plus new music from Robben Ford, Savoy Brown, Joe Louis Walker and the Little Feat Warner Bros. boxed set, and classics from Freddy King, Al Green, the Allman Brothers and Muddy Waters.

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1:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

New Month, New Music at the Crossroads this week with May featured artists The Holmes Brothers

Brothers Sherman and Wendell Holmes with Poppy Dixon comprise May's featured group, the blues trio The Holmes Brothers.
Credit Album art from Feed My Soul

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 are:

The Delta blues inspired new set from Savoy Brown

Soul blues from Dave Keller with the original Hi Rhythm Section

An impressive debut from Brent Johnson

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8:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Crossroads this week: Magic Sam, Jazz guitar great Albert King

Albert King with one of his trademark Flying V guitars.

April 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the April Magic Sam feature with some of the first tracks he recorded for Delmark, a newly released album – Live at the Avant Garde – a track from his days on Chief Records, and another recorded on Cobra Records with his uncle, Shakey Jake Horton.

Also a birthday salute to one of the legends of the blues, Albert King, and new music from John Nemeth with the Bo-Keys, Daunielle, RL Burnside’s grandson Kent Burnside, and Tommy Castro.

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4:07 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

This week on Crossroads: Texas blues, more from Magic Sam

Born in Louisiana on April 18, 1924, the late blues great, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown.
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April 18/20

Crossroads marks the birthday of Texas bluesman Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, continues with more music from April featured artist Magic Sam, and highlights new music from Robben Ford, Eddie Cotton, Johnny Rawls and Eric Bibb.

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2:21 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Blues legend Magic Sam kicks off month-long feature Friday on Crossroads

Blues Foundation Hall of Famer, Chicago blues great Magic Sam
Credit Magic Sam Live album cover art

April 11/13 2014

This week at the Crossroads, we kick off our April feature of music from guitarist, singer, songwriter, and one of the pioneers of the West Side blues sound, Magic Sam.

We’ll also mark the birthday of Lowell George of Little Feat (the band is also featured on Strange Currency this entire month –we’ll highlight selections from the new 13-CD boxed set of the band’s complete Warner Bros. recordings) and of Cosimo Matassa, whose studio was birthplace to many of the hits that came from the Crescent City’s Golden Age of R&B.

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1:31 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Billy Branch & Sons of Blues No. 1 on Crossroads' March Top 40

No. 1 this month: Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues
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Crossroads Top 40 -  MARCH 2014

1.       Billy Branch & Sons of Blues - Blues Shock (Blind Pig)

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

3.       Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul (Atlantic/Rhino)

4.       Otis Redding - The King of Soul (Atlantic/Rhino)

5.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)

6.       Creole Joe Band - Creole Joe Band (PRA)

7.       Toronzo Cannon - John the Conquer Root (Delmark)

8.       Damon Fowler - Sounds of Home (Blind Pig)

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2:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

New Month, New (blues) Music in the Crossroads

The Terry Quiett Band. The Kansas favorite is featured on Crossroads' New Month, New Music program this week.
Credit Dave Turner

April 4/6

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 are:

The latest from blues star Robert Cray

Local favorites, the Terry Quiett Band

Maple Blues Award winner Matt Anderson

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4:23 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

King of Zydeco wraps up March feature and Best Blues Album nominee David Gogo

Clifton Chenier - known as the King of Zydeco - is among the artists wrapping up the genre's March feature.

March 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the March Zydeco feature with music from the King of Zydeco - Clifton Chenier, one of the first zydeco hitmakers - Boozoo Chavis, zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco, and local zydeco and Cajun favorites, the Mudbugs – then in hour two, a special tracing the history and musicians who helped create the “Zydeco Nation.”

Plus David Gogo - one of this year’s Juno Award nominees for Best Blues Album, and new music from Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues, Damon Fowler, and John Nemeth with the Bo-Keys.

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8:40 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Crossroads highlights more zydeco sounds for the March feature

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

March 21 and 23

Crossroads highlights more zydeco sounds for the March feature – this time from Grammy winner Terrance Simien, the Creole Zydeco Farmers and Chubby Carrier. Plus a birthday salute to blues piano great Otis Spann with music he did as a leader and with both Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers; and new music from Harmonica 

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3:27 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Zydeco Blues Greats in the Crossroads

Nathan Williams of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.

March 14 and 17, 2014

Crossroads kicks off the March Zydeco feature with music from C.J. Chenier, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Buckwheat Zydeco and Rockin’ Dopsie. Plus, a birthday salute to soul-jazz organ great Shirley Scott, and new music from the Bob Lanza Blues Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Tinsley Ellis and Shaun Murphy.

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