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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KMUW Music is celebrating National Coffee Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads on Friday, September 29 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

The special continues on Strange Currency with selections from Prince, Squeeze, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and John Hiatt, among others.

Boogie Woogie Piano

Sep 25, 2017

September 29/October 1

Crossroads wraps up the September Blues Piano feature for Piano Month with a show devoted to boogie woogie piano. We’ll hear from such great players as Albert Ammons, Camille Howard, Pinetop Perkins, Roosevelt Sykes and Erwin Helfer in a tribute to Pete Johnson.

Crosssroads also joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Coffee Day, spotlights artists with local and regional concerts, and highlights the latest from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Williams Wayne & Isaak, and  the Lost in Paris Blues Band.

September 22/25

Throughout September Crossroads has been featuring blues piano for Piano Month, and few cities have a greater tradition of it than New Orleans. In this visit to the Crossroads, we’ll hear music from Dr. John, Huey “Piano” Smith, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Fats Domino and more, including a special featuring Allen Toussaint and Stanton Moore’s new album in tribute to him.

Plus lots of blues concerts in the coming week and Crossroads highlights music from the artists appearing both locally and regionally – and new music including a preview of Tommy Castro’s latest due out at the end of next week.

September 15/17

Crossroads continues its Blues Piano Month feature with music from blues piano legend and Muddy Waters Band member Pinetop Perkins. Plus lots of blues concerts in the coming week and Crossroads highlights music from the artists appearing both locally and regionally – and new music from Hurricane Ruth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the Cash Box Kings and more.

September 8/10

Crossroads kicks of the September Piano Month/Blues Piano feature with music from Crescent City great James Booker.

There’s also music from the newly announced winners in the Blues Blast Music Awards and from a number of artists and groups with concerts in the coming week.

There’s new music from Selwyn Birchwood, the Jimmy Reed Vee-Jay singles box set, and from Gregg Allman’s Southern Blood, his last album released on Friday September 8th. We’ve also got a special about the making of that album in hour two of the show.

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  1. John Lee Hooker – Whiskey & Wimmen (Vee Jay)
  1. Johnny DeFrancesco & Duke Jethro – A Tribute to B.B. King’s Live at the Regal (Ton A’ Chopps)
  1. Williams, Wayne & Isaak – Big City, Back Country Blues (Brandon Isaak)
  1. Chris ‘Bad News’ Barnes – Hokum Blues (Vizztone)
  1. Various Artists – Jesus Rocked the Jukebox (Craft)
  1. Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time (Delta Groove)
  1. Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There (Blackbird)
  1. Bobby G & Curtis Grant Jr. and the Midnight Rockers – Still Standing (Third Street Cigar)
  1. John Primer & Bob Corritore – Ain’t Nothing You Can Do! (Delta Groove)
  1. Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live in Lafayette (Provogue)
  1. Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed and Dangerous (Blind Pig)
  1. Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up On Love (Fat Possum)
  1. Robert Cray & High Rhythm – Robert Cray & High Rhythm (Jay-Vee)
  1. Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny & Brownie's Last Train (M.C. Records)
  1. Doug MacLeod – Break the Chain (Reference)
  1. Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)
  1. Stanton Moore – With You in Mind (Cool Green)
  1. Ben Hunter, Phil Wiggins, Joe Seamons – A Black and Tan Ball (BenJo Music)
  1. Joshua Jacobson – Good Little Thing (Fat Mouth)
  1. Randall Bramblett – Juke Joint at the Edge of the World (New West)
  1. Andy T Band – Double Strike (American Showplace Music)
  1. Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)
  1. The Sons of the Soul Revivers – Live! Rancho Nicasio (Little Village Foundation)
  1. George Thorogood – Party of One (Rounder)
  1. Linsey Alexander – Two Cats (Delmark)
  1. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Louie, Louie, Louie (Savoy Jazz)
  1. Roy Bookbinder – Road Songs and Stories (Peg Leg)
  1. The Nighthawks – All You Gotta Do (Eller Soul)
  1. Big Bill Morganfield - Bloodstains on The Wall (Black Shuck)
  1. Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison (Alligator)
  1. Taj Mahal & Keb’Mo’ – TajMo (Concord)
  1. Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin’? (Electro Fi)
  1. John McNamara – Rollin’ With It (Bahool)
  1. Zeshan B – Vetted (Minty Fresh)
  1. Hurricane Ruth – Ain’t Ready for the Grave (Hurricane Ruth)
  1. Hector Anchondo Band – Roll the Dice (Hector Anchondo)
  1. Jimmie Bratcher – This is Blues Country (Ain’t Skeert Tunes)
  1. Patrick Recob – Perpetual Luau (Mr. Lucky’s Blues)
  1. Gina Sicilia – Tug of War (BluElan)
  1. Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman (Sweet Mama)

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September 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

Gregg Allman’s last album

A new solo project from Sherman Holmes of the Holmes Brothers

Jonny Lang’s first studio album in four years

Soul blues star Johnny Rawls

The return of blues favorites Hamilton Loomis, Walter Trout, Benny Turner, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, and Savoy Brown

And multi-disc reissues from Jimmy Reed, Lloyd Price and Pee Wee Crayton.

August 20/27

Crossroads wraps up its month-long John Lee Hooker centennial birthday feature with music from across his career (including from a new best-of set), along with music from his children, John Lee Hooker Jr. and Zakiya Hooker.

Plus music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week – and new music from John Primer with Bob Corritore, Monster Mike Welch with Mike Ledbetter, Robert Cray with Hi Rhythm, the Sons of the Soul Revivers, a forthcoming post-war small gospel groups compilation – Jesus Rocked the Juke Box, and Johnny De Francesco’s tribute to B.B. King’s classic album, Live at the Regal, with Duke Jethro, the keyboardist on the original recording.

August 18/20

Crossroads continues the John Lee Hooker Centennial Birthday feature with some early classics, a guest appearance with slide guitar Roy Rogers, music from his daughter Zakiya Hooker, and a cover by Living Blues Award winner Billy Branch.

Plus music from another Living Blues Award winner Rhiannon Giddens,  a celebration of Robert Plant’s birthday with the blues side of Led Zeppelin, and new music from Eric Bibb, Doug Macleod, and Chris ‘Bad News’ Barnes.

August 11/13

Crossroads highlights music from August featured artist John Lee Hooker for his centennial birthday, including early classics he did for Chess and Vee Jay, his classic recording with Canned Heat, and a later release featuring special guest Robert Cray.

Also this week, music from the newly announced winners of Living Blues Critics’ and Readers’ Poll Awards, and new music from Johnny DeFrancesco with Duke Jethro (revisiting B.B. King’s classic album, Live at the Regal), Muddy Waters’ son Big Bill Morganfield, Coco Montoya, Elvin Bishop with his Big Fun Trio, and deep-soul singer Don Bryant.

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