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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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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3:02 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

'New Month, New Music': Blues Edition

Eight-piece "big band" Blue Lunch marks 30 years together

Friday, March 7 + Sunday, March 9

It’s 'New Month, New Music' time - Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to highlight the best in new releases.

Among the titles featured this time at the Crossroads are new releases from:

The Blue Lunch 30th anniversary compilation

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5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Crossroads' Top 40 Recap: February 2014

February's No. 1: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "Give the People What They Want"
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Crossroads Top 40 -  February 2014
1.       Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Give the People What They Want (Daptone)
2.       Toronzo Cannon - John the Conquer Root (Delmark)
3.       Eddie Cotton - Here I Come (DeChamp)
4.       Shawn Holt & the Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)
5.       Magic Sam - Live at the Avant Garde (Delmark)
6.       Root Doctor - New Attitude (Root Doctor)
7.       Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul (Atlantic/Rhino)
8.       Downchild - Can You Hear the Music (Linus)

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2:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mavis Staples Spotlight Rounds Out February Feature

Crossroads' Staple Singers tribute continues with releases from Mavis Staples
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Friday, Feb.  28/Sunday, Mar. 2 2014

Crossroads wraps up its month-long salute to The Staple Singers with music from Mavis Staples – including selections from her first solo album recorded while the Staples were on Stax, one of two albums she did with Prince, guest appearances with Maria Muldaur and Robben Ford, and in hour two, a special featuring Mavis Staples at the Newport Folk Festival. Plus new music from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Joe Louis Walker, Root Doctor and more.

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10:59 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Book Review: 'I'll Take You There' By Greg Kot

It is telling that album that finally did launch Mavis Staples' solo career was called Have A Little Faith.

Though most certainly it was a reference to her long career and deep roots in gospel, it was also about Mavis finally having a little faith in herself - belief enough to more comfortably step outside the warm embrace of the family she had performed with since she was a child, and assert her own presence and talent.

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5:28 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Blues Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees; More From Featured Artists, The Staple Singers


February  21/23

Crossroads highlights more from February's featured artists, The Staple Singers; the newly announced 2014 inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame (including both artists and recordings); music from artists with upcoming local concerts; and a new four-disc compilation from The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Plus, the latest from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, David Bromberg, Valerie June and Hugh Laurie.

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2:25 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

February's Feature, The Staple Singers, Plus Magic Sam's Birthday

The Staples Singers

February  14/16

Crossroads kicks off its February feature with the music of The Staple Singers, including songs from the group, from the solo projects of Pops and Mavis Staples and a cover of one of Pops’ classic tunes with The Sojourners (whose album topped the Crossroads Best of 2013 list). Plus, a birthday salute to West Side blues legend, Magic Sam; music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week; and the latest from Cyril Neville, Eric Bibb, Harmonic Shah, Toronzo Cannon, Eddie Cotton and Guy Davis.

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1:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Crossroads Kicks Off "New Month/New Music" With Billy Ranch And Many More

February Feature: Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers

February  7/9

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 titles featured this time at the Crossroads are new releases from:

This year’s Blues Grammy winner Charlie Musselwhite

Another talented blues harmonica player, Billy Branch

A previously unreleased set from West Side blues great Magic Sam – Live at the Avant Garde

Plus Tommy Castro, Root Doctor, Damon Fowler and more.  

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9:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Crossroads' Top 40 Albums of January 2014

1. Cyril Neville - Magic Honey (Ruf)

2. Shawn Holt & the Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

3. Chris James/Patrick Rynn - Barrelhouse Stomp (Earwig)

4. Diana Braithwaite/Chris Whiteley - Scrap Metal Blues (Electro Fi)

5. David Bromberg - Only Slightly Mad (Appleseed)

6. Bryan Lee - Play One for Me (Severn)

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

8. Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

9. The Sojourners - Sing and Never Get Tired (Little Pig)

10. Lurrie Bell - Blues in My Soul (Delmark)

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11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

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