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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Holiday Specials

Dec 19, 2016

December 23/25

Crossroads steps aside this week to offer two holiday specials: a House of Blues Christmas and An R&B Christmas – with lots of seasonal blues and R&B tunes to celebrate the holidays.

December 16/18

Crossroads celebrates a constellation of blues birthdays around this weekend, foremost being that of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. We’ll feature a number of tracks from the new Stones’ blues album, Blue and Lonesome, and have a Keef special in hour two. Birthday blues men also include Sugar Blue, Rod Piazza, Lonnie Brooks, Robben Ford and Billy Gibbons (from ZZ Top).

December 9/11

Crossroads celebrates birthdays of blues harp legend Junior Wells (12.9) and Big Mama Thornton (12.11) with some of their classic recordings, along with covers of Thornton songs and a special featuring music from throughout her career in hour two of the show. Also new music in store from Ronnie Earl, Trudy Lynn and Melissa Etheridge.

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  1. Mighty Sam McClain – Time and Change (KKV)


  1. Dr. John – The Musical Mojo of Dr. John (Concord)


  1. The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Strong Like That (Severn)


  1. David Bromberg Band – The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues (Red House)


  1. Melissa Etheridge – Memphis Rock and Soul (Stax)


  1. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)


December 2/4

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:

A new compilation of classic tracks from Bobby Blue Bland

The return of Biscuit Miller

The Rough Guide to Delta Blues

Rory Block’s tribute to Bukka White

Soul blues singer Trudy Lynn’s latest

An acoustic set of classics from Taj Mahal

November 25/27

Crossroads pays tribute to two special artists whose work was rooted in classic blues and soul – pianist, singer and songwriter Mose Allison, and soul singer Sharon Jones – who both recently passed away. The show highlights music from across their careers and, in hour two, presents a special live performance from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at the Sasquatch Music Festival.

November 18/20

Crossroads continues the November Texas Blues feature with a special salute to both legendary blues rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan (including a special in hour two of the show) and also to the “Godfather of Austin Blues,” W.C. Clark, who turned 77 earlier this week.

Plus Texas bluesmen Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland, and  new music from Tweed Funk, Katy Guillen & the Girls, Joanna Connor, Mighty Sam McClain and Bobby Rush.

November 11/13

Crossroads kicks off the November Texas Blues feature with music from one of the pioneers of electric Texas blues, the legendary T-Bone Walker - and from one of the stars of the contemporary Austin blues scene, Jimmie Vaughan, with music he did with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, with Omar Kent Dykes, at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival, on an album just out from the Knickerbocker All-Stars celebrating Texas blues connections, and in a House of Blues Special in hour two of the show.

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  1. Duke Robillard – Full Circle (Stony Plain)


  1. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)


  1. Dennis Gruenling – Ready or Not (Vizztone)


  1. Levee Town – Takin’ & Givin’ (Levee Town)


  1. Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder)


  1. Sam Cooke – The Complete Solo Singles (Acrobat)


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November 4/6

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:

A preview of the Rolling Stones’ new album, a return to the blues and first studio album in a decade, due out in December

Austrian blues and soul-jazz organist Raphael Wressnig with Brazilian bluesman Igor Prado