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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Friday, December 13 and Sunday, December 15

 Crossroads celebrates the season with holiday blues, including new holiday sets from Putumayo, Michele D’Amour, Keb’ Moi’, and the Connor Ray label, along with seasonal favorites from the Campbell Brothers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Eden Brent, Fats Domino, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and more Also on tap – concert previews,  birthday salutes to guitarist and organist Lucky Peterson, harmonica player Mark Hummel (including a preview of his new album in tribute to the Bluebird label due out in January), and guitarist Lurrie Bell, and new music from Mike Zito, the North Mississippi Allstars, Dave Specter, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

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Friday, December 6, and Sunday, December 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:

  • New holiday releases from Keb' Mo', Putumayo Blues Christmas, Michelle D'Amour, Connor Ray, and the Lee Boys
  • Maple Blues Awards nominees the Ghost Town Blues Band, Matchedash Parish, Paul DesLauriers, Big Dave McLean, and Anthony Gomes
  • Classic Blues Queens on the Rough Guide to Blues Divas
  • The fourth album from award-winning Oregon group, the Rae Gordon Band
  • Black Stone Cherry's second volume in tribute to blues legends
  • Kansas City blues duo Hudspeth & Taylor
  • Texas soul blues singer and 2019 Blues Music Award winner Annika Chambers
  • East Texas bluesman Randy McAllister with guests from KC's Levee Town and Nick Schnebelen bands
  • And live albums from Chris 'Bad News' Barnse (with Steve Guyger and Gary Hoey) and Jack Mack & the Heart Attack

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  1. North Mississippi Allstars – Up and Rolling (New West)
  2. Tad Robinson – Real Street (Severn)
  3. Junior Watson – Nothing To It But To Do It (Little Village Foundation)
  4. Levee Town – City Hall (Levee Town)
  5. Dave Specter – Blues from the Inside Out (Delmark)
  6. Toronzo Cannon – The Preacher, The Politician or the Pimp (Alligator)
  7. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats – Contemporary (Alligator)
  8. Billy Price – Dog Eat Dog (Gulf Coast)
  9. Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men – Tall, Dark and Handsome (Thirty Tigers)
  10. Billy Branch & Sons of Blues – Roots and Branches (Alligator)

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Friday, November 29 and Sunday, December 1

Crossroads wraps up the November feature of music from Bonnie Raitt and from artists just nominated in the Maple Blues Awards.

We also pay tribute to soul blues singer Wee Willie Walker who passed away last week;  mark the birthday of British Blues Rock pioneer John Mayall with some classic tracks in the first hour and a concert special in hour two of the show; and we’ll hear new music from Kansas City’s Levee Town and Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans.

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Friday, November 22 and Sunday, November 24

Crossroads continues the November feature of music of Bonnie Raitt for her 70th birthday.

Also throughout November, there’s music from the recently announced nominees in the Maple Blues Awards, celebrating Canadian blues artists. This time we’ll hear from Colin James, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Michael Jerome Browne, Matt Anderson, Harrison Kennedy, and David Vest.

Plus the latest from Houston blues acts the Steve Krase Band and Annika Chambers, the Kansas City acoustic duo of Hudspeth & Taylor, Chicago’s Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues celebrating blues harp legend Little Walter, the North Mississippi Allstars, and soul blues singer Tad Robinson.

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Friday, November 15 and Sunday, November 17

Crossroads continues the November dual feature of music from Bonnie Raitt (this time from The Glow and Souls Alike albums) and Maple Blues Awards nominees (including Michael Jerome Browne, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy, Harpdog Brown and Downchild).

Plus birthday salutes to Tab Benoit (including a special in hour two of the show), Clyde McPhatter (from his early work with the Drifters), and Rock Hall of Fame inductee Little Willie John – and new music from the Time for Peace is Now compilation, Ray Fuller and Robin Trower.

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Friday, November 8 and Sunday, Novemeber 10

Crossroads kicks off the November feature of music from Bonnie Raitt for her 70th birthday and also music from the newly announced Maple Blues Awards nominees.

We also mark birthdays of Bonnie Bramlett, Eddie Shaw, and Bobby Rush, get to music from blues artists with regional concerts in the coming week, highlight new albums, and in hour two, showcase a special with Bonnie Raitt for her birthday on the 8th.

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  1. Tad Robinson – Real Street (Severn)
  2. Vaneese Thomas – Down Yonder (Segue)
  3. Toronzo Cannon – The Preacher, The Politician or the Pimp (Alligator)
  4. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats – Contemporary (Alligator)
  5. Coco Montoya – Coming In Hot (Alligator)
  6. The Texas Horns – Get Here Quick (Severn)
  7. Billy Price – Dog Eat Dog (Gulf Coast)
  8. Altered Five Blues Band – Ten Thousand Watts (Blind Pig)
  9. Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith & the House Bumpers – Drop the Hammer (Big Eyes)
  10. Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men – Tall, Dark and Handsome (Thirty Tigers)

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Friday, November 1 and Sunday, November 3

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:

  • Johnny Rawls’ tribute to Otis Clay
  • An all-star tribute to Sean Costello
  • Live sets from Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, and from Johnny Burgin
  • And new studio albums from the North Mississippi Allstars, Lucky Peterson, Joanna Connor, Biscuit Miller & the Mix, LeVee Town, and Junior Watson.

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Friday, October 25 and Sunday, October 27

Crossroads wraps up the October Albert Collins feature with more classic tracks from throughout his career, plus music from other Texas blues artists, from pioneering players like T Bone Walker to contemporary stars like Marcia Ball, and the latest releases from Jimmie Vaughan and Delbert McClinton.

Also on tap, new music from Vaneese Thomas (daughter of R&B legend Rufus Thomas), Billy Branch (with a tribute to blues harmonica legend Little Walter), rising star of the Chicago blues scene Toronzo Cannon, and blues wise guys Rick Estrin & the Nightcats.

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