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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April 27/29

Each year in advance of the Blues Music Awards, the Blues Foundation has a special ceremony to induct the year’s new entrants into the Blues Hall of Fame. In this special edition of Crossroads, we’ll feature music from the 2018 inductees for performers, albums, and singles – along with a special in hour two about the Parrot label started by DJ and businessman Al Benson, another of this year’s inductees. Music from B.B. King, Albert King, the Staple Singers, and more will be featured in the show.

The Blues Foundation has posted more information about this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees here: https://blues.org/hall/

April 20/22

Crossroads continues the April Guitar Month feature with music from Jimmie Vaughan (including a special featuring him in hour two of the show), Earl Hooker, Dave Specter, Peter Parcek and Eric Clapton. Plus a preview of a new album from Van Morrison with organist Joey DeFrancesco, and new music from Al Basile, Danielle Nicole, Orphan Jon & the Abandoned and the Nick Moss Band.

April 13/15

Crossroads features great blues guitarists for the April International Guitar Month feature, including a Stevie Ray Vaughan special in hour two of the show.

Plus blues concert previews for the coming week; birthdays of Al Green, Lowell George, and pioneering Crescent City studio owner Cosimo Matassa; new releases and more.

April 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:

Blues from Finland from the Wentus Blues Band

Myles Goodwyn with an all-star lineup of blues friends

The Jimmie Vaughan Trio

An all-star Chicago blues lineup in the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band

A preview of Crescent City bluesman Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington’s new album

And reissues and compilations featuring Jimi Hendrix, Blind Willie McTell, Robert Nighthawk, Otis Blackwell, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Dr. John.

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  1. Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  1. Sue Foley – The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  1. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee (J&R Adventures)
  1. Curtis Salgado/Alan Hagar – Rough Cut (Alligator)
  1. Victor Wainwright & the Train – Victor Wainwright & the Train (Ruf)
  1. James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (Daptone)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)
  1. Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn)
  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)
  1. Nick Moss Band – The High Cost of Low Living (Alligator)

March 30/April 1

Crossroads wraps up the March Women’s History Month feature with music from Gladys Knight (with a song inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year); Tina Turner (one of this year’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients); pianist and singer Marcia Ball; gospel singer and guitar great Sister Rosetta Tharpe; pianist and vocalist Eden Brent; Beth Hart (from her new album with Joe Bonamassa); Rhythm & Blues legend Ruth Brown; Bettye LaVette (from her newly released album of Bob Dylan songs); and in hour two of the show, a special concert performance from Fiona Boyes.

March 23/25

Crossroads joins in with Global Village and Night Train this week to feature nominees in this year’s Independent Music Awards which honor artist and small label releases. We’ll hear music from blues nominees Benny Turner, the Altered Five Blues Band, Chris Daniels & the Kings, Wes Mackey, and the Likho Duo.

Plus more blues women for the Women’s History Month feature, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe (whose birthday was Tuesday); Maria Muldaur & Tracy Nelson (from an album in tribute to Sister Rosetta); Canadian singer and guitarist Sue Foley (off her new album, The Ice Queen); Leyla McCalla (who will be featured Monday night on the next program in the new monthly series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival); and Ruthie Foster (featured in a Savannah Music Festival concert special in hour two of the show).

March 16/18

Crossroads continues its celebration of Women’s History Month with music from Memphis soul artist Ann Peebles, retro soul great Sharon Jones, R&B legend Etta James, blues pioneer Memphis Minnie, and blues and soul singer Maria Muldaur, including a live performance from the Fur Peace Ranch in hour two of the show.

Plus new music from the Rae Gordon Band, Wee Willie Walker, the James Hunter Six, Van Morrison and Albert Cummings.

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March 9/11

Crossroads celebrates Women’s History Month with music from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s one Grammy-nominated album, 2018 Blues Music Award nominee Vaneese Thomas, and country blues artist Rory Block, who will be featured in a concert performance in hour two of the show.

Also birthday salutes to Robin Trower and Lloyd Price, and new music from Peter Parcek, James Armstrong on Coco Montoya.

Album Cover Art

  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)

 

  1. Various artists – Howlin’ at Greaseland  (West Tone)
  1. Peter Parcek – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (Lightnin’)
  1. Curtis Salgado/Alan Hagar – Rough Cut (Alligator)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)
  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  1. Various Artists – Hard Core Harp (Electro Fi)
  1. Mavis Staples – If All I was Was Black (Anti-)
  1. The Rev. Shawn Amos – Breaks It Down (Put Together)
  1. Sweet Pea Atkinson – Get What You Deserve (Blue Note)

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