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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8:51 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums July 2013

1. Mavis Staples - One True Vine (Anti-)
2. Bobby McFerrin - Spirit You All (Masterworks)
3. Trampled Under Foot - Badlands (Telarc)
4. Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa - Seesaw (J&R Adventures)
5. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)

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8:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

August Feature: Allen Toussaint and J.J. Cale

Allen Toussaint at the piano on stage at the Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans.
Credit Marie Carianna / Wikimedia Commons

Throughout August, Crossroads features music from legendary pianist, composer, producer and National Medal of Arts recipient Allen Toussaint and also Americana singer-songwriter J.J. Cale who passed away at the end of July.

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5:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Top 40 Albums June 2013

1. Hadden Sayers - Rolling Soul (Blue Corn)
2. Cash Box Kings - Black Toppin' (Blind Pig)
3. Duke Robillard Band - Independently Blue (Stony Plain)
4. Fabulous Thunderbirds - On the Verge (Severn)
5. Delbert & Glen - Blind, Crippled and Crazy (New West)

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5:25 am
Mon July 1, 2013

July Feature: Pinetop Perkins and Bobby Blue Bland

Pinetop Perkins at the Riverwalk Blues Festival in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit Carl Lender / Wikimedia Commons

Throughout July, Crossroads marks the centennial birthday of influential blues pianist, long time Muddy Waters band member and blues session player Pinetop Perkins. We'll also pay tribute to the great blues singer Bobby Blue Bland, who passed away last month at the age of 83.

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10:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

June Feature: Bobby Robinson's Labels

Throughout June, Crossroads will be spinning golden oldies and rarities from Bobby Robinson's classic doo-wop and R&B labels.

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3:31 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Top 40 Albums May 2013

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1. Boz Scaggs - Memphis (429 Records)
2. Tom Jones - Spirit in the Room (Rounder)
3. Robin Trower - Roots and Branches (V12)
4. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)
5. Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson - Beyond Carnival (Rabadash)

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8:34 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums April 2013

Topping the Crossroads April Top 40 New Releases list is Boz Scaggs' soul-drenched Memphis.
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  1. Boz Scaggs - Memphis (429 Records)
  2. Big Bill Morganfield - Blules With A Mood (Black Shuck)
  3. Dynamites w/ Charles Walker - Love Is Only Everything (Gemco)
  4. Robin Trower - Roots and Branches (V12)
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8:57 am
Tue April 30, 2013

May Feature: The B3 Organ

Al Kooper on organ with Bob Dylan at the famed Newport Folk Festival appearance.
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Throughout May, Crossroads teams up with Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train and Straight No Chaser to celebrate B3 Month on KMUW. At the Crossroads, it's great players and recordings from both blues and soul that feature the instrument.

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8:16 am
Fri April 5, 2013

April Feature: Muddy Waters Centennial Celebration

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Though at some point in his life a few years were shaved off, credible evidence (including a marriage certificate, union card, social security filings and early interviews) all point to 1913 as the year of Muddy Waters' birth. And a century since that event, he remains one of the most influential figures in the blues.

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7:43 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Top 40 Albums March 2013

1. Willie Buck - Cell Phone Man (Delmark)
2. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
3. Slide Brothers - Robert Randolph Presents the Slide Brothers (Concord)
4. James Hunter Six - Minute by Minute (Fantasy)
5. Various - The Cosimo Matassa Story Vol. 2 (Proper)
6. Otis Taylor - My World Is Gone (Telarc)
7. Mike Eldred Trio - 61/49 (Rip Cat)
8. Big Bill Morganfield - Blules With A Mood (Black Shuck)
9. Dennis Gruenling - Rockin' All Day (Vizztone)
10. Eric Burdon - 'Til Your River Runs Dry (ABKCO)

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