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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8:41 am
Mon July 21, 2014

In A Gospel Groove With The Holmes Brothers, Campbell Brothers, B.B. King & Rebirth Brass Band

American Sacred Steel gospel group Campbell Brothers

July 25/27

Crossroads continues its July Blues Festival feature with live music from Mac Arnold, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and in hour two of the show, a concert performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers, at the Savannah Music Festival. Also music from Guy Forsyth, newly named NEA Heritage Fellows, the Holmes Brothers, and new music from the Rebirth Brass Band, the Gregg Allman tribute concert, All My Friends, and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers.

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9:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Live Music from Robert Cray, Ruthie Foster, Byther Smith And More At The Crossroads

American blues guitarist Robert Cray

July 18/20

This week at the Crossroads we remember bass great Charlie Haden and Wichita blues star Jesse Anderson, highlight new music from two up-and-coming names in blues – Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton – and for our July Summer Blues Festival Feature, highlight live music from Robert Cray, Byther Smith, and in hour two of the show, a concert performance from Ruthie Foster at the Savannah Music Festival.

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10:22 am
Tue July 8, 2014

July Bluesfest feature kicks off with live music from B.B. King, Johnny Winter at Woodstock

Live music from B.B. King and others on Crossroads
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July 11/13

This week at the Crossroads, the July Blues Festival feature with classic live recordings and concert specials kicks off. This week, it’s live music from B.B. King, Otis Clay and Johnny Winter at Woodstock. Then in hour two, a special performance from Mavis Staples at the Newport Folk Festival.

Plus new music from Vaneese Thomas - the daughter of R&B legend Rufus Thomas, Dave & Phil Alvin, and Savoy Brown.

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8:32 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Crossroads Top 40 Albums of June 2014

Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Goin' Home is the top album for June
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Crossroads Top 40 -  JUNE 2014

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

2.       Various - All My Friends (Rounder)

3.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)

4.       Bob Corritore - Taboo (Delta Groove)

5.       Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers - The Devil You Know (Alligator)

6.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

7.       Savoy Brown - Goin' to the Delta (Ruf)

8.       Dave Keller - Soul Changes (Tastee Tone)

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9:02 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New Month/New Music time with the latest from Bob Stroger, Ronnie Earl, the Nighthawks and more

Award winning bassist Bob Stroger

July 4/6

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 at the Crossroads:

Blues Music Award winning bassist Bob Stroger

The return of Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters and the Nighthawks

A new compilation highlighting blues shouter Wynonie Harris

Plus, the Mannish Boys, the Andy T/Nick Nixon Band, Dave Spector, Deanna Bogart and more.

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11:56 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Wrapping Up the Last Half Decade of BMA Awards with 2010/11 Winners + Concert Previews & New Release

Blues Music Award winner Joe Louis Walker
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June 27/29

This week at the Crossroads we wrap up the June feature looking back at the last half decade of Blues Music Award winners with artists who took home awards in 2010 and 2011 – including Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker, Irma Thomas, Dr. John and Pinetop Perkins. Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and new music from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eden Brent, Damon Fowler, and Janiva Magness.

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8:38 am
Mon June 16, 2014

2012/13 Blues Music Awards winners, new IMA winners and Living Blues nominees

Valerie June, Crossroads featured award winner

June 20/22

Crossroads continues its look back at the last half decade of the Blues Music Awards with 2012 & 2013 winners featured this time. Plus music from the Independent Music Awards winners and Living Blues Awards nominees that were just recently announced, artists with concerts in the coming weeks, and new releases from Billy Branch, Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Among the award winners featured this time are Valerie June, Ruthie Foster, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Curtis Salgado, Tab Benoit, and Buddy Guy.

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9:02 am
Mon June 9, 2014

This week at the Crossroads – the 2014 Blues Music Awards winners

2014 Blues Music Awards winner Buddy Guy
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June 13/15

This week at the Crossroads, it’s the start of the June feature looking back at the last half-decade of Blues Music Awards winners. This week Crossroads focuses on the recently announced 2014 winners, including Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Clark, Jr., and Irma Thomas.

Plus new music from JJ Thames, Mike Zito, Kent Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, and the new live tribute to Gregg Allman.

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10:16 am
Mon June 2, 2014

May featured artist the Holmes Brothers are No. 1 on Crossroads' May Top 40

Brotherhood, The Holmes Brothers
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Crossroads Top 40 -  MAY 2014

1.       Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood (Alligator)

2.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)

3.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

4.       John & Sylvia Embry - Troubles (Delmark)

5.       Dave Keller - Soul Changes (Tastee Tone)

6.       Brent Johnson - Set the World on Fire (Justin Time)

7.       John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Blue Corn)

8.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)

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9:38 am
Mon June 2, 2014

New Month/New Music time with John Mayall, Chicago Blues All Stars, a Gregg Allman tribute & more

A Special Life, new album from John Mayall
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June 6/8

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 at the Crossroads:

Blues rock veteran John Mayall

Vanesse Thomas, daughter of Rufus Thomas

A tribute to Gregg Allman

The Chicago Blues All Stars

Horn man Terry Hanck

The return of Dave and Phil Alvin

Kenny Wayne Shepherd…and more.

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