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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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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Crossroads Top 40 -  July 2014

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

2.       Dave Specter - Message in Blue (Delmark)

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

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

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

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

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

8.       Bob Corritore - Taboo (Delta Groove)

August 8/10

Crossroads kicks off the August feature remembering blues-rock guitar legend Johnny Winter, and celebrating the August birthday of blues star, Robert Cray. Highlights include the debut albums from both artists, music from Cray’s False Accusations album, and Johnny Winter live at Fillmore East. Then in hour two, it’s part one of a two part House of Blues special saluting Johnny Winter, with classic tracks and rare archival interview material (part two will air next week on the show).

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August 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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured at the Crossroads:

A preview of Ruthie Foster’s new album

A new best-of from ZZ Top

Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson salute Muddy Waters

Rick Estrin Live and Jimmy Thackery who is touring live

July 25/27

Crossroads continues its July Blues Festival feature with live music from Mac Arnold, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and in hour two of the show, a concert performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers, at the Savannah Music Festival. Also music from Guy Forsyth, newly named NEA Heritage Fellows, the Holmes Brothers, and new music from the Rebirth Brass Band, the Gregg Allman tribute concert, All My Friends, and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers.

July 18/20

This week at the Crossroads we remember bass great Charlie Haden and Wichita blues star Jesse Anderson, highlight new music from two up-and-coming names in blues – Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton – and for our July Summer Blues Festival Feature, highlight live music from Robert Cray, Byther Smith, and in hour two of the show, a concert performance from Ruthie Foster at the Savannah Music Festival.

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