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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Buddy Guy Grand Finale

Jul 25, 2016

July 29/31

Buddy Guy’s 80th birthday is this Saturday (July 30) and Crossroads wraps up its month-long celebration with more music from Guy in hour one of the show (including music he did in Junior Wells’ band, as part of Buddy and the Juniors, and from several of his own albums) – and then in hour two of the show, it’s a Buddy Guy special exploring his life and music.

July 15/17

Crossroads continues the July feature celebrating the upcoming 80th birthday of blues legend Buddy Guy, this time with music he did as a leader, and as a sideman with Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor on the Chess label.
Plus music from some of the newly named Blues Blast Music Awards nominees – including Curtis Salgado, Guy Davis, Fiona Boyes and more - and from two recently announced award winners: Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (a newly named NEA Heritage Fellow) and Smokey Robinson (this year’s honoree for the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song).

July 8/10

Crossroads begins the July feature, celebrating Buddy Guy’s 80th birthday, with music from his latest album, Born to Play Guitar, which just picked up five nominations in the Living Blues Awards.



  1. Various artists – Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection (Alligator)

2. Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

3. Moreland and Arbuckle – Paradise or Bust (Alligator)

4. Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Low Down (Alligator)

5. William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

6. Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s (Delta Groove)

7. Big Harp George – Wash My Horse in Champagne (Blues Mountain)

July 1/3

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 blues releases. Among the highlights this time:

Singer Alexis P. Suter

A funky new set from the Soul of John Black

The return of Tweed Funk

A live set from Walter Trout

June 24/26

Crossroads wraps up the June feature, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records. Among the highlights, music from Alligator artists just nominated in the 2016 Living Blues Awards – including Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Charlie Musselwhite, and Janiva Magness. Plus new music from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, Big Harp George, and Stax legend William Bell.

June 10/15

Crossroads marks birthdays of blues greats Howlin’ Wolf (June 10) and Leroy Carr (June 12) this week. Plus more music for the June feature celebrating the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records. Artists featured this time include Fenton Robinson, Albert Collins, Son Seals, Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins and more.

1.       Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep (Red Wing)

2.       Johnny Winter – Live in Sweden (MVD)

3.       Eric Bibb – North Country Far (Stony Plain)

4.       Cha Wa – Funk ‘n’ Feathers (Upt Music)

5.       Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues – Give It Away (Plantation #1 Productions)

6.       Guy King – The Truth (Delmark)

7.       Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (New West)

8.       C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo (King Hokum)