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, August 7 and Sunday, August 9

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 albums featured this time:

  • New releases from Dion, J-W Jones, the Lucky Losers, Bettye LaVette, Savoy Brown and, celebrating their 50th anniversary, the Downchild Blues Band
  • Reissues from Little Junior Parker, the Five Keys, and Big Mama Thornton

  1. Maceo Parker – Soul Food (The Funk Garage)
  2. Jimmy Johnson – Every Day of Your Life (Delmark)
  3. Cindy Cashdollar - Waltz for Abilene (Silver Shot)
  4. Samoa Wilson & The Jim Kweskin Band – I Just Want to Be Horizontal (Kingswood)
  5. Frank Bey – All My Dues Are Paid (NOLA Blue)
  6. Linsey Alexander – Live at Rosa’s (Delmark)
  7. Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Go, Just Do It! (Stony Plain)
  8. Ruthie Foster – Live at the Paramount (Blue Corn)
  9. Blind Lemon Pledge – Goin’ Home (Self)
  10. Lisa Mills – The Triangle (M)

Friday, July 31 and Sunday, August 2

Crossroads wraps up the July Summer Festival Month feature with a two-hour special featuring performances from the 2019 W.C Handy Blues Festival from downtown Henderson, Kentucky. Among the highlights are sets from Vanessa Collier, Southern Hospitality, and Ruthie Foster.

Friday, July 24 and Sunday, July 26

Crossroads continues the Summer Festival Month feature with music from the American Folk Blues Festival, an influential tour that started in the early ‘60s and introduced American blues greats to a new European audience, including some folks who would go on to form some of the biggest British blues rock bands of the era. We’ll hear selections from Buddy Guy, Big Mama Thornton, Sleepy John Estes, and Willie Dixon, among others.

We’ll also remember Popsy Dixon, drummer and vocalist with the Holmes Brothers for his July 26th birthday with music from him as the featured vocalist and then in a special featuring the Holmes Brothers in concert in hour two of the show.

Plus new music from Catherine Russell, Frank Bey, Cindy Cashdollar and Jimmy Johnson.

Friday, July 17 and Sunday, July 19

Crossroads marks birthdays of Screaming Jay Hawkins, guitar whiz Lonnie Mack, and Jug Band star Jim Kweskin. Along with music from a new album from Kweskin and a guest appearance he made at the Jug Band Extravaganza concert, we’ll hear Kweskin in a concert special in hour two of the show.

As part of the July Summer Festival Month feature, there’s also live music from Katherine Davis, Wee Willie Walker, and Linsey Alexander’s new album, along with new music from Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Blind Lemon Pledge and Maceo Parker.

Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12

Crossroads kicks off the Summer Festival Month feature with blues from Newport (including Ray Charles and Sleepy John Estes).

The show also marks the birthday of the legendary Mavis Staples with music she did on live albums of her own and recordings she did as part of the Staple Singers – and in hour two of the show, in a special performance from Mavis at Newport.

It’s also the birthday of popular piedmont blues artist Blind Boy Fuller - and there’s new music from Whitney Shay, Cindy Cashdollar, and Jimmy Johnson.

Crossroads Top 40 For June 2020

Jul 1, 2020

  1. Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Go, Just Do It! (Stony Plain)
  2. Ruthie Foster – Live at the Paramount (Blue Corn)
  3. Andrew Alli – Hard Workin’ Man (EllerSoul)
  4. Blind Lemon Pledge – Goin’ Home (Self)
  5. Bruce Katz – Solo Ride (American Showplace Music)
  6. Frank Bey – All My Dues Are Paid (NOLA Blue)
  7. Mark Hummel – Wayback Machine (Electro-Fi)
  8. Jimmy Johnson – Every Day of Your Life (Delmark)
  9. Cindy Cashdollar – Waltz for Abilene (Silver Shot)
  10. John Primer & Bob Corritore – The Gypsy Woman Told Me (Vizztone)

July New Blues Releases

Jun 29, 2020

Friday, July 3 and Sunday, July 5

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 new albums featured this time:

  • A new single from Blues Queen Shemekia Copeland
  • Too Slim & the Tail Draggers
  • The Bridget Kelly Band
  • And the long-awaited return of legendary horn man Maceo Parker.

Friday, June 26 and Sunday, June 28

Crossroads celebrates the June 26th birthday of one of the key figures of pre-electric Chicago Blues, Big Bill Broonzy. We’ll hear some of his classic tracks and a tribute from Mark Hummel’s latest album in hour one, and a special, including a conversation with Broonzy biographer Bob Riesman, in hour two of the show.

Crossroads also wraps up the June West Coast Blues feature with jump blues hitmaker Floyd Dixon, and we move up the coast for music from Portland’s Curtis Salgado and Alan Hagar, and Vancouver’s Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and Blue Moon Marquee.

Plus the latest from Blind Lemon Pledge, Hudspeth & Taylor, Bruce Katz, and Watermelon Slim.

West Coast Blues

Jun 15, 2020

Friday, June 19 and Sunday, June 21

Crossroads continues the June West Coast Blues feature with music from and inspired by Charles Brown, one of the key figures in the creation of the sophisticated, after hours rhythm and blues style that developed on the West Coast after the War.

We’ll hear early and comeback tracks from Brown and such related artists as Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield and more, along with a Charles Brown special in hour two of the show. Plus new music from Roomful of Blues, Bruce Katz, and Ruthie Foster, and remembering Lucky Peterson and Little Charlie Baty (of Little Charlie & the Nightcats).

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