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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January 22/24

Crossroads pays tribute to Texas bluesman Long John Hunter, who passed away earlier this month, and remembers some artists who passed away last year, including Jeff Golub and Smokin’ Joe Kubek.

January 15/17

Crossroads marks the centennial birthday (this past Tuesday, January 12) of Kansas City great Jay McShann, highlighting the bluesy side of his swinging blues-based KC sound. Plus more of the Best of 2015 (the January feature) with show favorites, Grammy and Blues Music Award nominees – including Sonny Landreth, Billy Price with Otis Clay, Leon Bridges, Junior Wells, Toni Lynn Washington,  and Georgie Bonds

More Best Of 2015

Jan 4, 2016

January 8/10

Crossroads features the Best of 2015 throughout January. Highlights this time include show favorites Debbie Davies, the Ragpicker String Band, Albert Cummings, and Brad Absher & Swamp Royale.

Also featured this time:  a nominee in both the Canadian Folk and Maple Blues Awards – Michael Jerome Browne; Grammy nominee for Best Blues Album -- Betty LaVette; and Blues Music Award nominees James Harman, Tad Robinson, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Patrick Rynn, and Tinsley Ellis.

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1.       Otis Redding -  Soul Manifesto (Rhino/Atlantic)

2.       Jimmy Burns - It Ain’t Right (Delmark)

3.       Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

4.       Tommy Castro & the Painkillers - Method to My Madness (Alligator)

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

6.       The Reverend Shawn Amos - Loves You (Put Together)

7.       Sam Butler - Raise Your Hands (Severn)

8.       Eddie Cotton - One At A Time (DeChamp)

January 1/3

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.