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 13/15

Throughout February, Crossroads highlights music from the blues and R&B winners of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards - including music in hour one from Muddy Waters, Booker T & the MGs and John Lee Hooker.

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February 6/8

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:

Steve Earle’s soon-to-be released blues album, Terraplane

The third album on his own label from Tinsley Ellis

  The return of blues pals Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King

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1.     Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - For Pops (Severn)

2.     Billy Boy Arnold - The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Plain)

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

4.     Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

5.     Mississippi Heat - Warning Shot (Delmark)

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

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

January 30/February 1

Crossroads wraps up its look back at the Best of 2014 by highlighting some of this year’s blues and blues-related Grammy nominees. Plus a birthday salute to R&B great Ruth Brown and a tribute to Bo Dollis, Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, the first Mardi Gras Indian to commercially record and one of the Crescent City’s great Indian groups.

January 23/25

This week at the Crossroads, as part of the January Best of 2014 feature, it’s a special salute to the new Rock Hall of Fame inductees – the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers, the 5 Royales, and Stevie Ray Vaughan (including a Stevie Ray & Double Trouble special in hour two of the show).

Plus more favorites of the past year and a birthday salute to legendary R&B singer Etta James.

January 16/18

This week’s Crossroads remembers two artists who recently passed away:  Popsy Dixon, drummer and singer with the Holmes Brothers, and guitarist Jeff Golub.

Plus more of the Best of 2014 – this time highlighting Blues Music and Maple Blues Awards nominees – including Ruthie Foster, Alexis P. Suter, JW Jones, Walter Trout, Brandon Isaak, Sharon Jones, Eric Bibb, Harrison Kennedy and more.

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January 9/11

Crossroads continues the January feature highlighting the Best of 2014 – including show favorites this time from Billy Branch, the Holmes Brothers and Bob Corritore.

Also this time, Crossroads pays tribute to the many blues and soul artists who passed away in 2014 – including Johnny Winter, Bobby Womack, Teenie Hodges, Lee McBee James Wheeler, Finis Tasby, and Nick Charles - and in hour two a Paul Ingles special celebrating Joe Cocker.

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

2.  Ed Palermo Big Band and Rob Paparozzi - Electric Butter (Ed Palermo)

3.  Billy Boy Arnold - The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Plain)

4.  Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater - Soul Funky (Cleartone)

5.  Gary Clark, Jr. - Live (Warner Bros.)

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

January 2/4

Crossroads counts down the Top 20 blues favorites, plus two fine releases from local artists – the Terry Quiett Band (disbanding in 2015) and Rachelle Coba, to kickoff the January Best of 2014 feature.

  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.