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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Crossroads Top 40 -  September 2014

1.  Dave Specter - Message in Blue (Delmark)

2.   Bob Corritore - Taboo (Delta Groove)

3.   Mud Morganfield/Kim Wilson - For Pops (Severn)

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

5.   Mannish Boys - Wrapped Up and Ready (Delta Groove)

6.   Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Goin' Home (Concord)

7.   Johnny Winter - Step Back (Megaforce)

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  October 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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads are:

The return of blues piano favorite Marcia Ball

The latest from Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater

A live double set from blues rock rising star Gary Clark, Jr.

  The half-century delayed album from L.C. Cooke, Sam Cooke’s brother

September 26/28

Lots of action this week at the Crossroads with:

More music for the September Latin Soul/Spanish Blues feature, including music from Argentina’s La Mississippi

Tributes to New Orleans studio legend Cosimo Matassa, and Jazz Crusader Joe Sample who recently passed away

A tip of the hat to Americana Music Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient Taj Mahal

Birthday salutes to zydeco star C.J. Chenier and Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor

Music from artists with concerts in the coming week

September 19/21

This week at the Crossroads, we mark the birthday of blues and roots star David Bromberg, including a concert he did at the Fur Peace Ranch in hour two of the show. Also more for the September Latin Soul/Spanish blues feature – this time from Argentina’s Claudio Gabis, and Mexico’s Real de Catorce – plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week, newly named Kennedy Center honoree Al Green,  and new releases, including Johnny Winter’s final album, Step Back.

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September 12/14

With the start of the annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration only days away (it runs Sept.15 –Oct. 15), Crossroads embarks on a rather different feature this month, highlighting Latin soul and Spanish blues.

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September 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 are releases from Elvin Bishop, Grady Champion, Seth Walker, Murali Coryell (son of jazz guitar great Larry Coryell), Juno Award winning Canadian blues band Fathead, and an impressive new release from Levon Helm protégé Alexis P. Suter and her band.

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Crossroads Top 40 -  August 2014

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

2.       Vaneese Thomas - Blues for My Father (Segue)

3.       Mud Morganfield/Kim Wilson - For Pops (Severn)

4.       Andy T/Nick Nixon Band - Livin' It Up (Delta Groove)

5.       Dave Specter - Message in Blue (Delmark)

6.       Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers - Emergency Situation (Blind Pig)

August 29/31

This week at the Crossroads, a final salute to Johnny Winter and birthday celebration for Robert Cray – the August feature on the show - plus music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week, and new releases – including the return of ‘60s veterans John Mayall and Kim Simmonds with Savoy Brown, and tributes to Muddy Waters from son Mud Morganfield, and Rufus Thomas from daughter Vaneese Thomas.

August 22/24

The 2014 Living Blues Awards were just announced and Crossroads highlights music from the winners in this week’s show – including Buddy Guy, Lurrie Bell, James Cotton, Marcia Ball, 81-year old debut artist Leo Welch, and the Campbell Brothers.

Plus more music from August featured artists Johnny Winter and Robert Cray; artists with concerts in the coming week; and new music from the ReBirth Brass Band, Ruthie Foster, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, and tuba master Bob Stewart.

August 15/17

Crossroads continues the August feature of music from Johnny Winter – including a track from one of his Grammy-winning albums with Muddy Waters and from his own classic release, Still Alive and Well – and from Robert Cray – with music from his latest release, In My Soul, and from his breakthrough recording, Strong Persuader.

Plus new music from Kelley Hunt, Kent Burnside, Lisa Mann, Keb’Mo’ and the new ZZ Top best-of set, and selections from artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

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