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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9:38 am
Mon June 2, 2014

New Month/New Music time with John Mayall, Chicago Blues All Stars, a Gregg Allman tribute & more

A Special Life, new album from John Mayall
Credit Album Cover Art

June 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 at the Crossroads:

Blues rock veteran John Mayall

Vanesse Thomas, daughter of Rufus Thomas

A tribute to Gregg Allman

The Chicago Blues All Stars

Horn man Terry Hanck

The return of Dave and Phil Alvin

Kenny Wayne Shepherd…and more.

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8:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

A last round with the Holmes Brothers, new Kelley Hunt & covers of Elvis Costello

Crossroads features new music from Kelley Hunt
Credit Gary Mackender

May 30/June 1

This week at the Crossroads, a final visit with May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers, including music from their new album, Brotherhood, and also from the Jubilation album, the first release from Peter Gabriel’s RealWorld label to feature an American group.

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4:19 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers, new music & classics from Muddy and Albert King

The Robert Cray Band, In My Soul, 2014

May 23/25

Crossroads highlights more from May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers; new music from Brent Johnson, Kent Burnside, the Robert Cray Band and Leon Russell; and classics from Albert King and Muddy Waters. Then in hour two of the show, a House of Blues special focusing on the relationship of gospel and the blues, including music from the Holmes Brothers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more.

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2:35 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A birthday salute to Big Joe Turner, May’s featured Holmes Brothers, and Chautauqua Hill artists

1974: Big Joe Turner (aka The Boss of Blues) in Berlin. Turner and others featured Friday and Sunday.

May 16/18

This time at the Crossroads – a birthday salute to the great Kansas City blues shouter Big Joe Turner, more from May featured artists the Holmes Brothers, artists at this year’s Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival – including a sneak peek at the new album from fest artist Eden Brent, and new music from Lisa Mann, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, and the Memphis-inspired release from Tweed Funk.

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9:53 am
Wed May 7, 2014

American rockers Little Feat are No. 1 on Crossroads' April Top 40

Little Feat, pictured here in 1973, tops Crossroads' April Top 40.
Credit Warner Brothers publicity photo

Crossroads Top 40 - APRIL 2014
1.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)
2.       Magic Sam - Live at the Avant Garde (Delmark)
3.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)
4.       John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Blue Corn)
5.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)
6.       Eddie Cotton - Here I Come (DeChamp)
7.       Robben Ford - A Day in Nashville (Provogue)
8.       Tinsley Ellis - Midnight Blue (Heartfixer Music)
9.       Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood (Alligator)

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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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