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, September 4 and Sunday, Septemeber 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 New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers, with a lineup that includes Charlie Musselwhite, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Jim, Luther and Cody Dickinson,
  • A new set from veteran blues guitar master Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters,
  • The Allman Betts Band, featuring the sons of Duane Allman, Dicky Betts, and Berry Oakley,
  • Singer Kat Riggins with a new Mike Zito-produced album,
  • Award-winning blues harmonica player Sugar Ray Norcia with the Bluetones, and special guest Little Charlie Baty in some of the last recordings he made before his sudden passing in March,
  • Cornetist, songwriter, singer and composer Al Basile, with his first self-produced release,
  • And the Friends and Legends of Louisiana with special guests Sonny Landreth, Wayne Toups, and Kenny Neal.

Friday, August 28 and Sunday, August 30

Crossroads wraps up the August feature celebrating the centennial birthday of singer Jimmy Witherspoon with music ranging from his first hit to a later album he did with the Robben Ford Band.

Crossroads also wraps up this month’s look at the 2020 Blues Blast Awards nominees; features the latest from the Phantom Blues Band, Victor Wainwright, the Backtrack Blues Band, and Savoy Brown; a remembers Peter Green, who passed away at the end of last month, with music he did with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac.

Friday, August 21 and Sunday, August 23

Crossroads continues the August feature celebrating the centennial birthday of singer Jimmy Witherspoon and highlighting nominees in this year’s Blues Blast Music Awards.

We’ll hear some classics from Witherspoon in hour one and a special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Blues Blast nominees on tap this time include Ruthie Foster, John Primer with Bob Corritore, the B.B. King Blues Band, and Tad Robinson.

Plus new music from Lisa Mills, and classics from the Staple Singers and recently named 2020 NEA Heritage Fellow William Bell.

Friday, August 14 and Sunday, August 16

Crossroads kicks off the August feature marking the centennial birthday of singer Jimmy Witherspoon and highlighting nominees in this year’s Living Blues Awards.

The show also marks weekend birthdays of Chicago blues stalwart Son Seals and  folk blues star Eric Bibb (featured in a concert special in hour two of the show).

Plue there’s new music from Ruthie Foster, Frank Bey, Jimmy Johnson and G. Love, and a classic from Fenton Robinson.

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.

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