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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October 17/ 19

Crossroads continues with more music from October featured artist Elvin Bishop – this time from his mid-70s Juke Joint Jump album, the 2007 release Booty Bumpin’, the Paul Butterfield Band “Pigboy Crawshaw” and  “Lost Elektra Sessions’” and more.

Also new music from the Mannish Boys, Soul Brothers Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls, Ruthie Foster, the Alexis P. Suter Band and Marcia Ball

Plus classics from B.B. King, Al Green, and JJ Cale.

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October 10/ 12

Crossroads kicks off the October Elvin Bishop feature – spanning his career from the early days in the Paul Butterfield Band to his new album, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right.  Plus new music and a very busy week for blues concerts around town and around the region.

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Crossroads Top 40 -  September 2014

1.  Dave Specter - Message in Blue (Delmark)

2.   Bob Corritore - Taboo (Delta Groove)

3.   Mud Morganfield/Kim Wilson - For Pops (Severn)

4.   Alexis P. Suter - Love the Way You Roll (American Showplace Music)

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

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

7.   Johnny Winter - Step Back (Megaforce)

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  October 3/ 5

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:

The return of blues piano favorite Marcia Ball

The latest from Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater

A live double set from blues rock rising star Gary Clark, Jr.

  The half-century delayed album from L.C. Cooke, Sam Cooke’s brother

September 26/28

Lots of action this week at the Crossroads with:

More music for the September Latin Soul/Spanish Blues feature, including music from Argentina’s La Mississippi

Tributes to New Orleans studio legend Cosimo Matassa, and Jazz Crusader Joe Sample who recently passed away

A tip of the hat to Americana Music Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient Taj Mahal

Birthday salutes to zydeco star C.J. Chenier and Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor

Music from artists with concerts in the coming week

September 19/21

This week at the Crossroads, we mark the birthday of blues and roots star David Bromberg, including a concert he did at the Fur Peace Ranch in hour two of the show. Also more for the September Latin Soul/Spanish blues feature – this time from Argentina’s Claudio Gabis, and Mexico’s Real de Catorce – plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week, newly named Kennedy Center honoree Al Green,  and new releases, including Johnny Winter’s final album, Step Back.

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September 12/14

With the start of the annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration only days away (it runs Sept.15 –Oct. 15), Crossroads embarks on a rather different feature this month, highlighting Latin soul and Spanish blues.

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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.

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