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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March 15/17

Crossroads continues the March feature with music from one of Marcia Ball’s early solo albums, a release she did with Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson, and a guest appearance she made with Austin bluesman W.C. Clark.

Plus a little bit from Nat Cole (Night Train’s March featured artist) for his March 17th centennial birthday, and also music from Sly & the Family Stone and a special in hour two for Sly Stone’s March 15th birthday.

Plus the latest from Charley Crockett, Dave Keller, Delta Moon, Mavis Staples and more.

March 8/10

Crossroads joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women’s History Month with a salute to blues women.

We’ll hear music from March featured artist Marcia Ball, along with Blues Music Awards nominees Whitney Shay and Vanessa Collier, Maple and Juno Awards nominee Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, the ‘Soul Queen of New Orleans’ Irma Thomas, Diunna Greenleaf (with a tribute to the ’Queen of the Blues’ Koko Taylor), Mavis Staples (from her new live album), and more.

Then in hour two, it’s a concert special featuring Rory Block - a veteran guitarist and singer who is one of the contemporary masters of classic country and acoustic blues.

International Women's Day is Friday, March 8, and KMUW is celebrating with five hours of music. Join Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads from 7 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

Album Cover Art

  1. Big Joe & the Dynaflows – Rockhouse Party (Severn)
  2. Benny Turner & Cash McCall – Going Back Home (NOLA Blue)
  3. Walter Trout – Survivor Blues (Provogue)
  4. Charley Crockett – Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza (Thirty Tigers)
  5. Floyd Dixon – The Singles Collection (Acrobat)
  6. Watermelon Slim – Church of the Blues (Northern Blues)
  7. Bloodest Saxophone – Texas Queens 5 (Vizztone)
  8. Knickerbocker All Stars – Love Makes a Woman (JP Cadillac)
  9. Fiona Boyes – Voodoo in the Shadows (Reference)
  10. Dave Keller – Every Soul’s A Star (Catfood)

March 1/3  

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.

There’s new music this time from:

British Blues pioneer John Mayall and his trio with special guests including Todd Rundgren and Joe Bonamassa

KC favorite Nick Schnebelen

A live set from Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Tedeschi Trucks back to the studio for the new album Signs

Canadian acoustic blues artist Michael Jerome Brown with special guests including Harrison Kennedy and Eric Bibb

And from Chicago singer Willie Buck, and also guitarist Rockin’ Johnny Burgin with Spanish blues singer Quique Gomez.

February 22 & 24

Crossroads wraps up the February Johnny Winter feature with music from his last studio album, work with Muddy Waters, a live set with Dr. John and, in hour two, part two of a Johnny Winter Special. Plus International Blues Challenge winners (Steve Strongman, Keeshea Pratt Band) and Blues Music Award nominees (Nick Moss, Sue Foley).

February 15/17

Crossroads continues with more music from February featured artist Johnny Winter (including music from one of the albums he did with Muddy Waters and part one of a two part special in hour two – we’ll air part two next week at the Crossroads).

The prestigious Canadian Maple Blues Awards just announced this year’s winners and the show features some of them, along with more of the recently announced Blues Music Awards nominees – among them, Colin James, Buddy Guy, Ellen McIlwaine, Danielle Nicole and more.

Plus new music and previews of local and regional concerts in the coming week.

February 8/10

Crossroads features music from Johnny Winter for what would have been his 75th birthday later this month. We’ll hear music from his Columbia debut, the classic Still Alive and Well, a later blues tribute called Roots, and music he did with Muddy Waters.

Crossroads also marks the birthday of West Coast R&B great Floyd Dixon,  and continues to highlight music from Blues Music, Juno and Grammy Awards nominees, including Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter, Boz Scaggs, Sue Foley, Chicago Plays the Stones, Lurrie Bell and more.

Album Cover Art

1. Kevin Burt – Heartland and Soul (Little Village Foundation)

2. Dave Keller – Every Soul’s A Star (Catfood)

3. Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Inspired by the Blues (Stony Plain)

4. Cedric Burnside – Benton County Relic (Single Lock)

5. Various artists – Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin’ Music)

6. Knickerbocker All Stars – Love Makes a Woman (JP Cadillac)

7. Lindsey Beaver – Tough as Love (Alligator)

8. Tony Joe White – Bad Mouthin’ (Yep Roc)

9. Maria Muldaur – Don’t You Feel My Leg (Last Music)

10. Keith Stone with Red Gravy - Keith Stone with Red Gravy (Keith Stone with Red Gravy)

February 1/3

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.

We’ve got new music this time from:

Croatia (Tomislav Goluban), Finland (Ina Foreman) & Japan (Bloodest Saxophone)

Benny Turner (Freddy King’s brother) and Cash McCall in a tribute to Chicago Blues

Former Levon Helm band member Chris O’Leary

Watermelon Slim with an all-star guest list

Live music from the Kentucky Headhunters

Current tour mates Eric Gales and Walter Trout, each with new releases

Gaye Adegbalola from Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women

…and much more.

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