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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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Crossroads: Best of 2015

Dec 24, 2015

It was a strong year for new blues albums across virtually every style - from roots to blues rock to acoustic to soul blues to sacred steel inspired work. All of that and more is reflected in the Crossroads favorites for the year. We'll be featuring them, along with the newly announced Blues Music Awards nominees, Maple Blues nominees and winners (announced January 18), other significant releases, as well as tributes to the artists we lost in the past year throughout January on the show.

For the most part, music biographies only have so much charm. Many tend to be rather plodding, with dull as dishwater writing to drag things down a bit more. So unless you have a particular interest in the artist, they don't really command much attention. On the other hand, there is a growing body of work that looks at broader questions about contemporary music and (despite an often rather overly 'academic' writing style) leaves readers with much to chew on. This year contributed several interesting new additions to that literature.

Blues Holiday Specials

Dec 22, 2015

December 25/27

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December 18/20

Crossroads gets ready for the holidays with a special show featuring new blues holiday music from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Bey-Paule Band, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, and a new Blues Christmas compilation in the first hour of the show.

December 11/13

Crossroads celebrates the birthday of R&B pioneer Big Mama Thornton;  highlights music from artists with concerts in the coming week; and features new music from Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Chris O’Leary, Jimmy Burns, Amanda Fish, Sam Butler, Fiona Boyes, and Volume 4 in the R&B Hipshakers series from the King and Federal vaults.

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1.       Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

2.       Tommy Castro & the Painkillers – Method to My Madness (Alligator)

3.       John Primer - Muddy Waters 100 (Raisin' Music)

4.       The New Mastersounds - Made for Pleasure (Royal Potato Family)

5.       Various - R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4 (VampiSoul)

6.       The Ragpicker String Band – The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog)

7.       Sam Butler – Raise Your Hands (Severn)

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December 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.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are:

A new box set featuring music of soul legend Otis Redding

Kansas City blues-rock favorites, the Old No. 5's

Blues veteran and Muddy Waters Band alum Bob Margolin

2015 Maple Blues Awards nominee Colin Linden

Soul blues singer Trudy Lynn

November 27/29

This week Crossroads wraps up the month-long celebration of the centennial birthday of Piedmont blues great Brownie McGhee. There are also some special sounds in store as Crossroads highlights the new blues and R&B recordings just named to the Grammy Hall of Fame, and also the newly named nominees for the Maple Blues Awards, the most prestigious of the Canadian blues awards. Plus new releases, classic recordings, and music from artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

November 20/22

This week at the Crossroads there’s more from November featured artist Brownie McGhee for his centennial birthday – including some rare jump blues he recorded for the Savoy label, along with classic blues, folk blues, and soul folk releases he did with long time partner Sonny Terry.

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November 13/15

Throughout November Crossroads celebrates the centennial birthday of blues great Brownie McGhee – this time including music from the hit Sonny & Brownie album and other recordings with long time partner Sonny Terry, from the American Folk Blues Festival with T Bone Walker and Willie Dixon, and an R&B hit he had under his own name in the late ‘40s.