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, October 11 and Sunday, October 13

Crossroads kicks off the October Albert Collins Birthday feature with music from his debut on Alligator, from one of his earlier Imperial releases, in a cover from Coco Montoya, and with a special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Plus Crossroads previews several local and regional blues concerts in the coming week, and highlights new music from Gary Hoey, Peter Frampton, Tad Robinson, and Nancy Wright.

  1.   Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Beyond the Blue Door (Stony Plain)
  2. Vaneese Thomas – Down Yonder (Segue)
  3. Tad Robinson – Real Street (Severn)
  4. Mavis Staples – We Get By (Anti-)
  5. Billy Price – Dog Eat Dog (Gulf Coast)
  6. Nick Moss Band – Lucky Guy (Alligator)
  7. Terry Hanck – I Still Get Excited (Vizztone)
  8. Bobby Rush – Sitting on Top of the Blues (Thirty Tigers)
  9. Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men – Tall, Dark and Handsome (Thirty Tigers)
  10. The 44s – Twist the Knife (Rip Cat)

Friday October 4, and Sunday, October 6

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 harmonica player and sly songwriter Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
  • Contemporary Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon
  • Cornetist, poet and former Roomful of Blues member Al Basile
  • Canadian bluesman Myles Goodwin with the second in his all-star Friends series
  • Soul blues shouter and pianist Beth Hart
  • Kansas City favorite Samantha Fish making her debut on Rounder Records
  • Milwaukee blues favorites, the Altered Five Blues Band
  • ‘70s secular gospel rarities on The Time for Peace Is Now
  • And Finland’s roots blues group the Wentus Blues Band with special guest Duke Robillard.

Little Milton, Koko Taylor & Mud Morganfield

Sep 23, 2019

Friday, September 27, and Sunday, September 29

Crossroads wraps up the month-long birthday salute to Little Milton with some of his classic tracks, and marks birthdays of the Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor, and Mud Morganfield, one of Muddy Waters’ sons. We’ll also hear Mud with Kim Wilson, Billy Flynn and Barrelhouse Chuck in a tribute to Muddy Waters concert special in hour two of the show.

Plus music from several artists who were recently honored in the Americana Music Awards – Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, Rhiannon Giddens and Maria Muldaur – and new music from the 44s and Bobby Rush.

Friday, September 20 and Sunday, September 22

Crossroads continues the September feature of music from soul blues master Little Milton with music from the later part of his career in hour one, and a special featuring a performance and interview with him in hour two of the show.

Plus we’ll preview some local and regional blues shows in the coming week and get to the latest from Mighty Mike Schermer (from Marcia Ball’s band), Vaneese Thomas (the daughter of Rufus Thomas and sister of Carla Thomas, whom we’ll also hear), Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, and Peter Frampton.

Friday. September 13 and Sunday, September 15

Crossroads kicks off the September Little Milton 85th Birthday feature with some classic tracks from the legendary soul blues singer, guitarist, hit-maker, Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and Grammy nominee.

This weekend also sees birthdays of bluesman Snooky Prior and sophisticated rhythm and blues pioneer Charles Brown, and Crossroads features music from both in hour one and a special with Charles Brown in hour two of the show.

Plus new blues releases and previews of a number of blues concerts set for the coming week.

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September 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:

  • Legendary gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama, teamed up with Marc Cohn
  • Soul blues singer Tad Robinson
  • Blues and Sacred Steel guitar star Robert Randolph & the Family Band
  • Veteran blues guitarist Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
  • Blues guitarist and former Bluesbreakers member Coco Montoya
  • Soul blues singer and daughter of R&B legend Rufus Thomas, Vanesse Thomas
  • A new four-disc definitive collection of music from Chicago’s Bea & Baby Records

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  1. Jersey Swamp Cats – Go Cat Go!  (Jersey Swamp Cats)
  2. Nick Moss Band – Lucky Guy (Alligator)
  3. Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram – Kingfish (Alligator)
  4. Manx Marriner Mainline – Hell Bound for Heaven (Stony Plain)
  5. Kenny Parker – Hellfire (Rock-A-While)
  6. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – The Traveler (Concord)
  7. George Benson – Walking to New Orleans (Provogue)
  8. Billy Branch & Sons of Blues – Roots and Branches (Alligator)
  9. Jimmie Vaughan – Baby Please Come Home (Last)
  10. Bob Corritore – Do the Hip Shake Baby! (Vizztone)

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August 30/September 1

Crossroads wraps up the August feature of music from Luther and Bernard Allison with early music from Luther’s days with Motown and later recordings with Alligator, along with music from his son Bernard, including a special of music and conversation in hour two of the show.

Crossroads also concludes the August tribute to Crescent City artists Dr. John, Art Neville and Dave Bartholomew, who all passed away recently.

And there’s new music on the show this time from the Cash Box Kinds, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues, the B.B. King Blues Band, George Benson and Reese Wynans.

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Friday, August 23, and Sunday, August 25

Crossroads continues the August feature marking the 80th birthday of blues great Luther Allison, along with music from his son Bernard, and tributes to several New Orleans musicians who passed away recently. We’ll hear Allison from one of his later U.S. comeback releases, Dave Bartholomew in his role as producer for New Orleans R&B artist Smiley Lewis, Art Neville early in his career doing a Mardi Gras classic with the Hawketts, and in hour two, a concert performance from Crescent City bluesman Spencer Bohren.

Crossroads also previews several local and regional blues concerts in the coming week and features new music from Manx Marriner Mainline, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, and Alexis P. Suter.

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