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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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.

June 22/24

Crossroads continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with more music from the Crescent City, including ‘the Soul Queen of New Orleans’ Irma Thomas, bluesman Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, the Soul Rebels, the Neville Brothers, and in hour two, a special feature Cyril Neville.

Crossroads also continues its month-long tributes to Chicago bluesman Eddy ‘the Chief’ Clearwater, and gospel singer and cofounder of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Clarence Fountain, who both passed away at the beginning of the month.

And there’s new music from Bettye LaVette, Sue Foley, Mike Zito, and Lurrie Bell & the Bell Dynasty.

June 15/17

Crossroads continues the June feature celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month with music from New Orleans, and remembering Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater and gospel great Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

There’s also music from soul singer and session player Eddie Hinton for his birthday, blues concert previews, and new music from the Delmark 65th anniversary Tribute album, Canadian blueswoman Suzie Vinnick, the Lucky Losers, and the Jambalaya Brass Band – and a special about Crescent City brass bands, including the Rebirth Brass Band, in hour two in conjunction with the June feature.

June 8/10

Lots happening this time at the Crossroads:

We remember Chicago blues veteran and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater who passed away on June 1st.

The June feature for Caribbean American Heritage Month highlights music from the place that has been called the ‘northern-most city in the Caribbean,’ New Orleans – including a special in hour two with the late, great Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers.

Crossroads also marks birthdays of Boz Scaggs, Howlin’ Wolf, and Derek Trucks – showcases new blues releases – and previews some upcoming local and regional blues concerts for the coming week.

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  1. Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)
  2. Curtis Salgado/Alan Hagar – Rough Cut (Alligator)
  3. Mike Zito – First Class Life (Ruf)
  4. The Lucky Losers – Blind Spot (Dirty Cat)
  5. Nick Moss Band – The High Cost of Low Living (Alligator)
  6. Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  7. Sue Foley – The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  8. Rae Gordon Band – Better Than I Was (Rae Gordon Music)
  9. Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)
  10. Joyann Parker – Hard to Love (BNC)