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, June 25, and Sunday, June 27

Crossroads wraps up the June Howlin’ Wolf feature with more of his classics, covers of his songs from the Rolling Stones and a Wolf tribute album, and music from his famous sidemen Hubert Sumlin and Eddie Show.

We also mark birthdays of Stax soul star Eddie Floyd and the ‘King of Zydeco’ Clifton Chenier.

And we’ll hear the latest from Deb Ryder, Bob Corritore, Steve Cropper, Maria Muldaur, Tia Carroll and more.

Howlin' Wolf

Jun 14, 2021

Friday, June 18, and Sunday, June 20

Throughout June, Crossroads is celebrating the 111th birthday of Chicago blues legend Howlin’ Wolf. We’ll hear some of his classic tracks along with covers of his songs from a Wolf tribute album and by the Rolling Stones guitarist Hubert Sumlin who was in Wolf’s band. Then a special in hour two will focus on his early recordings. Plus the latest from the Kerry Kearney Band, Peter Parcek, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Misty Blues, Joanna Connor, and Alligator Record’s 50th anniversary compilation.

Friday, June 11, and Sunday, June 13

Throughout June, Crossroads is celebrating the 111th birthday of Chicago blues legend Howlin’ Wolf. In this edition of the show we’ll hear some classic tracks from Wolf and covers of his songs, and music from two of his band members who went on to their own later careers – saxophonist Eddie Shaw and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. A special in hour two features Sumlin, highlighting music he did with Wolf and also as a leader and guest.

  1. Bob Corritore & Friends – Spider in My Stew (Vizztone)

  2. Elizabeth King – Living in the Last Days (Bible & Tire)
  3. Damon Fowler – Alafia Moon (Landslide)
  4. Chris Cain – Raisin’ Cain (Alligator)
  5. Curtis Salgado – Damage Control (Alligator)
  6. New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Vol. 2 (Stony Plain)
  7. Jeremiah Johnson, Whitney Shay, Ryan Perry – Blues Caravan 2020 (Ruf)
  8. Veronica Lewis – You Ain’t Unlucky (Blue Heart)
  9. Jeremiah Johnson, Whitney Shay, Ryan Perry – Blues Caravan 2020 (Ruf)
  10. Eric Johanson – Below Sea Level (NOLA Blue)

June Blues New Releases

May 24, 2021

Friday, June 4 and Sunday, June 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:

  • The May feature continues a bit longer with music from the newly released 58 track/three CD 50th anniversary set from Alligator Records, plus
  • Maria Muldaur with New Orleans street band Tuba Skinny
  • New Orleans legend Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
  • Deb Ryder and an all-star cast together on her fifth studio album
  • Pittsburg blues duo Soulful Femme
  • And the Kenny Neal-produced new release from Patti Parks.

Friday, May 28 and Sunday, May 30

Crossroads celebrates the birthday of electric guitar pioneer and Texas blues great T Bone Walker with several of his classics in hour one and a special about his life and music in hour two.

We wrap up the May Alligator Records 50th Anniversary feature with the classic Showdown! Album from Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland and Robert Cray, contemporary Texas blues from Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King, harp master Charlie Musselwhite, blues rock guitarist Roy Buchanan, West Coast R&B great Charles Brown, soulful blues singer Curtis Salgado, and the Queen of the Blues – Koko Taylor.

Plus the latest from Bob Corritore, Nora Jean Wallace, and A.J. Croce.

Friday, May 14 and Sunday, May 16

Crossroads celebrates the 50th anniversary of Alligator Records throughout this month and this time will highlight the first five years of the label, with releases from Hound Dog Taylor, Big Walter Horton with Carey Bell, Son Seals, Fenton Robinson, and the first Grammy nominated album for the label from Koko Taylor. We’ll also hear more recent label titles from Nick Moss and Shemekia Copeland, and a special in hour two featuring an interview with label head Bruce Iglauer that was done for Alligator’s 40th anniversary.

Friday, May 7 and Sunday, May 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 highlights this time:

A Best-Of set from soul blues star Johnny Rawls

The 77-year-young gospel singer Elizabeth King’s debut album

The return of veteran soul blues guitarist and singer Clarence Spady

Songwriter, guitarist, and singer EG Kight back in a basic trio setting

The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band serving up some Dance Songs for Hard Times

More roots blues from Bob Corritore and some all-star blues friends

Next-gen New Orleans funk from Dumpstaphunk

And popular Mississippi soul blues man Mr. Sipp.

  1.   Damon Fowler – Alafia Moon (Landslide)
  2. New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Vol. 2 (Stony Plain)
  3. Various Artists – Blues Society of Central PA: Backyard Blues (Blue Heart)
  4. Chris Cain – Raisin’ Cain (Alligator)
  5. Jeremiah Johnson, Whitney Shay, Ryan Perry – Blues Caravan 2020 (Ruf)
  6. Curtis Salgado – Damage Control (Alligator)
  7. Eric Johanson – Below Sea Level (NOLA Blue)
  8. Kerry Kearney – Tales from the Psychedelta (Highlander)
  9. Kat Riggins – Cry Out (Gulf Coast)
  10. Ally Venable – Heart of Fire (Ruf)

Friday, April 30 and Sunday, May 2

Crossroads joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate International Jazz Day. With the common roots their styles share, jazz and blues musicians have regularly blurred the lines between the two, resulting in some vibrant and stirring sounds. Crossroads explores the jazzy side of blues and the bluesy side of jazz with such legends as T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, and Louis Jordan, and contemporary players like Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Lucky Peterson and more.

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