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, April 16 and Sunday, April 18

In conjunction with the April Siblings feature, Crossroads features music from brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson. We’ll hear them on the latest release from the New Moon Jellyroll Freedom Rockers, and with Hill Country Review, Colin Linden, and North Mississippi Allstars (including in a concert special in hour two of the show).

We’ll also mark the birthday of blues pianist Little Brother Montgomery and hear the latest from John Nemeth, Johnny Iguana, and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones.

Friday, April 9 and Sunday, April 11

In conjunction with the April Siblings feature, Crossroads highlights some sibling bands rooted in the sacred steel gospel tradition. We’ll hear music from Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Campbell Brothers, and the Lee Boys (including a concert special featuring the Lee Boys in hour two of the show).

Crossroads also celebrates the birthday of soul-jazz organ man Reuben Wilson with some of the more bluesy tracks he’s recorded, and highlights new releases from Dave Alvin and Damon Fowler.

  1.   Curtis Salgado – Damage Control (Alligator)
  2. Nora Jean Wallace – Blues Woman (Severn)
  3. Kim Wilson – Take Me Back (MC Records)
  4. Misty Blues – None More Blue (Misty Blues)
  5. The Wildroots – Wildroots Sessions Vol. 1 (Wildroots)
  6. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Just Dropped in…(Daptone)
  7. Damon Fowler – Alafia Moon (Landslide)
  8. Jimmie Vaughan – The Pleasure’s All Mine (Last Music)
  9. Eric Johanson – Below Sea Level (NOLA Blue)
  10. Skylar Rogers – Fire Breather (Skylar Rogers Music)

April Blues New Releases

Mar 29, 2021

Friday, April 2 and Sunday, April 4

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 second volume from the New Moon Jelly Roll Rockers with Charlie Musselwhite, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Jim, Cody and Luther Dickinson

A new solo set from Stax legend Steve Cropper

Chicago blueswoman Joanna Connor continuing her fiery comeback

The Alligator label debut of veteran blues guitarist Chris Cain

And the latest Blues Caravan lineup with Whitney Shay, Jeremiah Johnson, and Ryan Perry.

Friday, March 26 and Sunday, March 28

Crossroads wraps up the March Women in Blues feature with selections from Koko Taylor, Candye Kane, Diunna Greenleaf, and more.

We also mark the birthday of Memphis R&B legend Rufus Thomas, with hits and rarities from across his career in hour one and a special with his daughter Carla Thomas in hour two of the show.

Friday, March 19, and Sunday March 21

Crossroads continues the March Women's History Month Feature with music from three artists born on March 20th - Gulf Coast blues piano favorite Marcia Ball, the Queen of New Orleans Blues Marva Wright, and gospel guitar great Sister Rosetta Tharpe (also featured in a special in hour two of the show).

And because no good holiday should go to waste, Crossroads celebrates National Poultry Day (March 19th) with some Grade A cuts from Little Feat, the Rolling Stones, Lloyd Jones, Louis Jordan, Jimmy Smith, Chickenbone Slim, and Super Chikan to mark the occasion.

Friday, March 12, and Sunday, March 14

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature and in honor of Leonard Chess’s birthday, Crossroads features the Women of Chess Records. We’ll hear selections from Koko Taylor, Etta James, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Laura Lee and Fontella Bass – all of whom had major hits on Chess or its subsidiaries, along with rare tracks that Memphis Minnie and Irma Thomas did for the label. And in hour two, it’s a special concert and interview with the late, great “Queen of the Blues,” Koko Taylor.

Crossroads also marks the birthday of soul-jazz organ great Shirley Scott, and showcases the latest releases from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Joyann Parker, and Nora Jean Wallace.

Friday, March 5 and Sunday, March 7

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 tiJorme:

The latest from soul jazz veteran Curtis Salgado

A new acoustic set from guitarists Jorma Kaukonen and John Hurlbut

And as Crossroads kicks of the Women’s History Month feature, we’ll hear new releases from Ally Veneble, Ghalia Volt, Misty Blues (led by singer, songwriter, and cigar box guitar player Gina Coleman), Skylar Rogers, Veronica Lewis, Kat Danser, and Kirsten Thien.

  1. Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Too Far from the Bar (Severn)
  2. Sonny Green - Found! One Soul Singer (Little Village Foundation)
  3. Nora Jean Wallace – Blues Woman (Severn)
  4. Dave Alvin – From an Old Guitar (Yep Roc)
  5. The Wildroots – Wildroots Sessions Vol. 1 (Wildroots)
  6. Various Artists – Miami, Atlanta & the South Eastern States (WienerWorld)
  7. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Just Dropped in…(Daptone)
  8. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Straight to You Live (Mascot)
  9. Eric Johanson – Below Sea Level (NOLA Blue)
  10. Dave Keller -You Get What You Give (Tastee Tone)

Friday, February 26 and Sunday, February 28

Crossroads wraps up February features of Maple Blues Awards nominees and winners (including JW-Jones, Colin Linden, Lindsay Beaver, and Steve Marriner), Blues Music Awards nominees (Savoy Brown, Sonny Green, Andrew Alli, and Walter Trout), and music of the Crescent City – this time joining in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of New Orleans legend Fats Domino. We’ll hear some Domino classics and a cover of one of his songs by Dr. John in hour one, and a Fats Domino special in hour two. Crossroads also marks the birthday of talented Chicago bluesman Jimmy Burns in this edition of the show.

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