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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September 21/23

Crossroads celebrates the birthday of soul legend Ray Charles, including a special about him in hour two with a number of special guests, including September featured artist B.B. King.

We’ll also hear B.B. with some key members of Ray Charles’ band; music from Crossroads’ other September featured artists, Koko Taylor (with special guest Buddy Guy) and Freddie King (from his time with Leon Russell’s Shelter label);  new music from Frank Bey, Buddy Guy and Boz Scaggs; and music from a host of artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week.

September 14/16

Crossroads kicks off the September “Three Kings & A Queen” feature, marking September birthdays of B.B. King, Freddie King, and Ben E. King, and the “Queen of the Blues,” Koko Taylor. 

Sunday September 16th is B.B. King’s birthday and the show will feature some of his classic recordings along with a special in hour two, originally put together for his 80th birthday, with special guests Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Carlos Santana, and Pat Metheny.

The 16th is also the birthday of blues veteran Billy Boy Arnold and Crossroads will include music from him along with previews of blues concerts in the coming week and more of the best in new blues releases.

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September 7/9

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

Chicago/The Blues Legends/Today!  Picking up from where a legendary 1966 series of blues releases (Chicago/The Blues/Today) from Sam Charters left off.

Chicago Plays the Stones, with contemporary Chicago blues artists turning the tables and doing blues covers of Rolling Stones songs

Crescent City pianist Jon Cleary

Award winning harp player Mark Hummel

British blues rock guitarist and singer Joanne Shaw Taylor

Kansas City blues favorite Amanda Fish

Reissues featuring Slim Gaillard, Jody Williams, the Staple Singers and Ella Mae Morse

And we’ll also feature music from a number of blues artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week.

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  1.   Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)
  2. Bruce Katz Band – Get Your Groove! (American Showplace Music)
  3. Boz Scaggs – Out of the Blues (Concord)
  4. Various Artists – Tribute: Delmark’s 65th Anniversary (Delmark)
  5. Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion Live (J&R Adventures)
  6. Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)
  7. Deb Ryder – Enjoy the Ride (Vizztone)
  8. Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Something Smells Funny ‘Round Here (Alligator)
  9. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Run to Me (Gypsy Soul)
  10. Bob Corritore & Friends – Don’t Let the Devil Ride! (Vizztone)

August 31/September 2

Crossroads wraps up the August Blues Rock feature with music from Peter Green, Chicken Shack, Robert Plant, and in hour two, a Tedeschi Trucks concert special.

Plus a birthday salute to Van Morrison, and new music from Boz Scaggs, the Bruce Katz Band, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar and Tribute – a celebration of  Delmark Records 65th anniversary.

August 24/26

Crossroads continues the August Blues Rock feature with more classic blues rock sounds and a concert special featuring Savoy Brown in hour two of the show.

We also remember the legendary Aretha Franklin, mark birthdays of blues rock pioneer Arthur Crudup and blues shouter Wynonie Harris, preview blues concerts for the coming week, and highlight the latest in new blues releases.

August 17/19

Crossroads continues the August Blues Rock feature with more music from Robert Plant (his 70th birthday is Monday) as a solo artist, with Led Zeppelin, and in a special in hour two featuring Zeppelin’s BBC sessions.

Plus birthday salutes to soul jazz saxophonist Ike Quebec (also featured on Night Train for his centennial birthday) and blues great Luther Allison, more Living Blues Awards winners, concert previews, and new music from Tower of Power, Shemekia Copeland, and Kid Ramos.

August 10/12

Throughout August, Crossroads features blues rock in honor of Robert Plant’s 70th birthday (also featured on Strange Currency throughout the month) and this time it’s music from his brief Honeydrippers project and the solo album Now and Zen, along with a recently released live set from Savoy Brown and a House of Blues tribute to British Blues in hour two of the show.

Friday is also the 100th birthday of Texas Tenor Arnett Cobb (also featured on Night Train throughout the month) and Crossroads highlights some of his blues-flavored tracks – and the Living Blues Awards were also just announced and Crossroads features winners throughout the month, including this time with music from Jimmy Reed and Wee Willie Walker.

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  1. Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)

 

  1. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Run to Me (Gypsy Soul)
  1. Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps – Here in Babylon (Jesi-Lu)
  1. Deb Ryder – Enjoy the Ride (Vizztone)
  1. Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn)
  1. Various Artists – Tribute: Delmark’s 65th Anniversary
  1. Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)
  1. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band – Back to Chicago (Delmark)
  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)

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August 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

The return of major stars return with new releases, including Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, and Boz Scaggs

A best-of set from New Orleans’ Cyril Neville

Rory Block kicking off a new series, Power Women of Blues, with a tribute to Bessie Smith

The reunion of Willie Dixon’s Original Chicago Blues All-Stars

A Rough Guide compilation of Hokum Blues

And to help kick off the Crossroads August Blues Rock feature, Joe Bonamassa’s British Blues Explosion Live

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