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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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

July 27/29

Crossroads celebrates the 82nd birthday of blues legend Buddy Guy on July 30th with music from his new album, a classic Vanguard release just reissued on vinyl, and music he did with harp partner Junior Wells.

The show also wraps up the July Jump Blues feature with music from Louis Jordan, the Mighty Blues Kings, Tiny Bradshaw, and a special in hour two featuring Lavay Smith.

Plus new music from Finland’s Wentus Blues Band, Mud Morganfield, and the Hard Core Harp compilation.

July 20/22

Crossroads continues the July Jump Blues feature with music from Louis Jordan, early Roomful of Blues, Kansas City’s Jay McShann, a classic from Big Maybelle, and a Jump Blues special, Jump Jive & Wail, in hour two of the show.

Plus music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week and new music from Muddy Gurdy, Deb Ryder, Marcia Ball, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, and more.

July 13/15

Crossroads kicks off the July Jump Blues feature with music from Louis Jordan, including a special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Also new music from the Delmark 65th Anniversary Tribute album, Muddy Waters’ son Mud Morganfield, Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar.

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July 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

A powerful new album from blues legend Buddy Guy

Soulful sets from Kat Riggins, Billy Price, and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

Roots and classic blues inspired releases from Johnny Tucker, Kid Ramos and Bob Corritore & Friends

A new album for the 50th anniversary of Tower of Power

And the blues side of a new project from Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

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  1. Various Artists – Tribute: Delmark’s 65th Anniversary

 

  1. Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)
  1. Keeshea Pratt Band – Believe (KPB)
  1. Lurrie Bell & the Bell Dynasty – Tribute to Carey Bell (Delmark)
  1. Steve Krase Band – Just Waitin’ (Connor Ray Music)
  1. Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  1. Savoy Brown – You Should Have Been There
  1. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band – Back to Chicago (Delmark)
  1. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Run to Me (Gypsy Soul)
  1. Suzie Vinnick – Shake the Love Around (Suzie Vinnick)

June 29/July 1

Crossroads wraps up the June feature of music from New Orleans with music from Lee Dorsey, a Crescent City inspired song from the new Keeshea Pratt Band album, and a special in hour two featuring legendary New Orleans pianist, composer, singer and producer Allen Toussaint.

Plus a final farewell to Clarence Thomas of the great gospel group, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Chicago bluesman Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater. They both passed away at the beginning of June and Crossroads has been featuring their music all month long.

And music from an extensive list of artists who have regional concerts in the coming week.

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