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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November 16/18

Crossroads continues the November Wild Bill Davis/Blues Organ feature with music Davis did on a blues album from Ella Fitzgerald; marks birthdays of Hank Ballard, W.C Handy, W.C. Clark, and also Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin (featured in a special in hour two of the show); and continues with more nominees in the 22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards, including two artists who racked up the most nominations this year, Colin James and Sue Foley.

November 9/11

Crossroads continues the November Blues Organ feature and highlights recent Blues Blast Music Awards winners and newly announced Maple Blues Awards nominees.

We’ll hear blues organists Lucky Peterson, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Smith, Raphael Wressnig, and Mike Finnigan with the Phantom Blues Band.

Plus Maple Blues nominees Rick Estrin & the Nightcats (also Blues Blast winners), Samantha Martin, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, the Ghost Town Blues Band, and Crystal Shawanda – and Blues Blast Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients Jimmy Johnson and Sugarpie DeSanto.

We’ll also get to new music from Dave Keller, Kirk Fletcher, Kansas City’s Grand Marquis, and Janiva Magness.

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  1. Various artists – Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin’ Music)

 

  1. Colin James – Miles to Go (Stony Plain)
  1. Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)
  1. Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)
  1. Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)
  1. Boz Scaggs – Out of the Blues (Concord)
  1. Mark Hummel – Harpbreaker (Electro-Fi)
  1. Bruce Katz Band – Get Your Groove! (American Showplace Music)
  1. Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Inspired by the Blues (Stony Plain)
  1. Rod Piazza – His Instrumentals (Rip Cat)

November 2/4

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:

Maria Muldaur with a salute to Blue Lu Barker

Swamp and roots master Tony Joe White (who just passed away last week)

The Knickerbocker All Stars featuring singer Thornetta Davis

‘Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, best known for his long stint with Muddy Waters

A new compilation of classic singles from New Orleans’ blues great Earl King

And Crossroads kicks off the November blues organ trio with new albums from Mike Bogle, Bruce Katz and more.

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October 26 & 28

Crossroads wraps up the October feature of music from Otis Rush (including from his 1999 Gramm-winning album, Any Place I’m Going) and Duke Robillard (including a guest appearance with Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, and a special devoted to his music in hour two of the show).

Plus a tribute to Mahalia Jackson for her Friday birthday, previews of a number of regional blues shows in the coming week, and the latest from Shemekia Copeland, the International Blues Challenge winning Keeshea Pratt Band, Colin James and Chicago Plays the Stones.

October 19/21

Crossroads continues the October feature celebrating the 70th birthday of blues guitarist, songwriter, bandleader and producer Duke Robillard, including music from his brief stint with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and from one of his solo albums.

Throughout the month, we also pay tribute to blues legend Otis Rush, who recently passed away. We’ll hear is very first single, the classic “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” along with later music he did for the Alligator label.

Plus a birthday salute to Elvin Bishop (including a special featuring him in hour two of the show), recently announced Blues Blast Music Awards winners and Lifetime Achievement honorees, artists with concerts in the coming week, and new releases from Boz Scaggs, Suzie Vinnick, Samantha Martin and more.

October 12/14

Crossroads kicks off the October feature celebrating the 70th birthday of guitarist, songwriter and producer Duke Robillard with music he did on the debut album from Roomful of Blues and from one of a couple of releases he did with jazz guitar legend Herb Ellis.

Plus birthday salutes to R&B pioneer Jimmy Liggins and Louisiana bluesman Kenny Neal (including a special featuring Neal in hour two of the show), regional blues concert previews, and the latest from Marcia Ball, Nick Moss, Mike Zito, Bernard Allison and Anthony Geraci.

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October 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

A solo release from ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons

A two-disc instrumental set from West Coast blues harpist Rod Piazza

Award winning blues drummer Cedric Burnside

Atlanta swamp rock and blues band Delta Moon

Canada-based blues pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne

Soul blues singer Johnny Rawls

B3 soul blues player Raphael Wressnig

Blues rocker Joe Louis Walker with Bruce Katz and Giles Robson

Plus reissues from Floyd Dixon, Roy Brown, Willis ‘Gator Tail’ Jackson, and Smiley Lewis.

We also pay tribute to Otis Rush who just passed away and will feature music from him and Duke Robillard throughout October.

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  1. Jody Williams – In Session (Jasmine)

 

  1. Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)
  1. Various artists – Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin’ Music)
  1. Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)
  1. Bruce Katz Band – Get Your Groove! (American Showplace Music)
  1. Boz Scaggs – Out of the Blues (Concord)
  1. Various artists – Chicago/The Blues Legends/Today! (West Tone)
  1. Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps – Here in Babylon (Jesi-Lu)
  1. Mark Hummel – Harpbreaker (Electro-Fi)
  1. Steve Krase Band – Just Waitin’ (Connor Ray Music)

September 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the September Three Kings & A Queen feature with a special emphasis on Ben E. King and “Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor who share September 28 for a birth date. We’ll hear Ben E. with the Drifters and as a solo artist; and Koko from her early Chess days, later music on Alligator, and in a concert special in hour two of the show.

Plus a bit more from the other two Kings born in September – B.B. King and Freddie King – some music from swamp blues pioneer Lazy Lester who passed away last month, new releases from Shemekia Copeland and Mud Morganfield, and a festival preview.

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