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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August 26/28

Crossroads wraps up the August blues harmonica feature with music from contemporary players and new releases featuring the instrument. Among the artists featured: Bob Corritore, Billy Branch, William Clarke, Curtis Salgado, Rod Piazza, and Jason Ricci.

August 19/21

This week at the Crossroads, for the August Blues Harmonica feature, it’s blues harp legends – the key figures who made the harmonica a central instrument in the blues, pioneering  new sounds and styles, and developed their own distinctive approach to the instrument. Among the artists featured are Big Walter, Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Billy Boy Arnold, and Sonny Boy Williamson I and II.

August 12/14

Crossroads highlights the blues harmonica – from classic to contemporary throughout August, including music this week from Mark Hummel, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, and Moreland & Arbuckle.

And the Living Blues Awards have just announced the winners in both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls and throughout August Crossroads will also feature music from those winners. This time it’s music from Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Otis Clay, and Allen Toussaint.

August 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 blues releases. Among the highlights this time:

New blues harmonica releases to kick off the August feature including a new compilation of classic tracks from blues harp great Little Walter and new releases from Omar Coleman and Dennis Gruenling

New compilation sets featuring music of Big Maybelle, classic blues women and gospel blues

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


  1. The Soul of John Black – Early in the Moanin’ (Cadabra)


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


  1. Little Walter – The Complete Checker Singles As & Bs 1952-1960 (Acrobat)


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


  1. Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (Ruf)


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)