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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New Month, New Music

Nov 30, 2020

Friday, December 4, and Sunday, December 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:

  • New titles from Duke Robillard and Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • The latest in Bob Corritore’s From the Vault series – this time with Henry Gray.
  • Crossroads also highlights new holiday release from Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, the Wildroots, Hamilton Loomis, and the Gulf Coast Christmas compilation.

Frday, November 27 and Sunday, 29
Crossroads wraps up a month-long salute to Booker T & the MGs in honor of the November birthdays of band members Booker T. Jones, Duck Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr. We’ll hear them in various combinations with Al Green, Bill Withers, Muddy Waters, and Poncho Sanchez – along with music from the last MGs album for Stax, and their recording of “Time is Tight” that was originally done for a 1968 film.
Also this time, music from John Mayall for his birthday, including Mayall with the Bluesbreakers doing a Mose Allison classic (the November featured artist on Night Train) and a concert special with Mayall in hour two of the show.
New music on Crossroads this time includes selections from Kim Wilson, Dave Riley with Bob Corritore. Kevin Burt, Lloyd Jones, and Maceo Parker.

Friday, November 20 and Sunday, November 22

Crossroads continues this month’s feature marking November birthdays of Booker T., Duck Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr. – all members of Booker T. & the MGs and famed also as the studio band for the legendary Memphis soul label, Stax Records. We’ll hear the group covering the Isley Brothers and backing Otis Redding, along with Koko Taylor’s version of “Born Under a Bad Sign,” a blues classic Booker T. co-wrote with Stax star William Bell.

November 20th is also the birthday of Duane Allman (here with Boz Scaggs on “Loan Me a Dime”) and of Dr. John (saluted on the new album from Shemekia Copeland and featured in a special in hour two).

And there’s new music from Cary Morin, Maceo Parker, and Bette Smith.

Friday, November 13 and Sunday, November 15

Crossroads kicks off the November feature celebrating birthdays of Booker T. Jones and Donald “Duck” Dunn, with music from throughout their long careers, as leaders, session men, together in Booker T. & the MGs, and as the studio band for the legendary Stax Records.

This time we’ll hear a young Booker T. on sax on the first hit from Stax with Rufus and Carla Thomas, the MGs on their own and backing Sam & Dave, and Dunn’s early work with the Mar-Keys and later with blues legend Freddie King.

Also on tap new music from soul discovery Sonny Green, LA bluesman AJ Crawdaddy, Chicago blues veteran Linsey Alexander, and singer, songwriter and saxophonist Vanessa Collier.

Friday, November 6 and Sunday, November 8

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:

  • Another powerful new album from singer Shemekia Copeland
  • The return of veteran Chicago blues singer Nora Jean Wallace
  • Singer, harmonica player, former member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and much in demand session player Kim Wilson is back with a roots blues set for his first solo album in three years
  • Blues guitarist, singer and former member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Mannish Boys, Kirk Fletcher releases his sixth album and first in two years
  • Soulful Iowa blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist Kevin Burt is back with his second album his first was a Crossroads Top Five pick for Best of the Year and Blues Music Award nominee for Best Debut Album
  • Chicago blues harmonica man Bob Corritore digs into the vaults to reissue a 2008 set with Mississippi blues guitarist Dave Riley with previously unreleased tracks – and for another release in his “From the Vaults series featuring previously unavailable and unreleased tunes done in four sessions with guitarist Kid Ramos in Phoenix from the late 1990s to early 2000s.

  1. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters - Rise Up (Stony Plain)
  2. Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Too Far from the Bar (Severn)
  3. New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Vol. 1 (Stony Plain)
  4. Sonny Green – Found! One Soul Singer (Little Village Foundation)
  5. Johnny Iguana – Chicago Spectacular (Delmark)
  6. Crooked Eye Tommy – Hot Coffee and Pain (Blue Heart)
  7. Kirsten Thien – Two Sides (Screen Door)
  8. Lucky Losers – Godless Land (Vizztone)
  9. Alex Dixon – The Real McCoy (Dixon Landing)
  10. Peter Parcek – Mississippi Suitcase (Lightnin’)

Friday, October 30 and Sunday, November 1

Crossroads wraps up the October Roomful of Blues feature with music from the band, and solo projects from past members including Ronnie Earl, Greg Piccolo, Duke Robillard, and Sugar Ray Norcia (including music from his new album with the Bluetones and featured in a special in hour two).

We’ll also get to a blast from the past from James Brown from his Famous Flames days, and  new tracks from a great soul discovery – Sonny Green, Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular, and an archival gem from the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers (with Charlie Musselwhite, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Jimbo Mathus, and Jim, Cody and Luther Dickenson.

Friday, October 23 and Sunday October 25

Crossroads marks the birthday of Louisiana blues singer and NEA Heritage fellow Carol Fran with music she did along with guitarist Clarence Hollimon.

The October Roomful of Blues feature continues with music from the band and from band co-founder Duke Robillard. We’ll hear Robillard as a leader, as a guest with Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, and in a special in hour two of the show.

And there’s new music from the Backtrack Blues Band and Linsey Alexander, and a classic from blues great Fenton Robinson.

Friday, October 16 and Sunday, October 18

Crossroads continues the October Roomful of Blues feature this time with solo projects from some of the many musicians who have gone through the band. We’ll hear selections from keyboard player Al Copley, drummer Fran Christina (with the Fabulous Thunderbirds), Sugar Ray Norcia (from his new album with the Bluetones), and organist Ron Levy with his Wild Kingdom.

Crossroads also marks the birthdays of R&B singer Sugar Pie DeSanto and rock pioneer Chuck Berry (including a special about Berry’s life and career in hour two of the show), and highlights the latest from Chicago blues veteran Jimmy Johnson, singer Whitney Shay, the Lucky Losers, and Chickenbone Slim.

Friday, October 9 and Sunday October 11

Throughout October, in honor of Duke Robillard’s birthday, Crossroads features music of Roomful of Blues, the acclaimed blues band he co-founded back in the late ‘60s. Along with releases spanning the five-decade career of the band, Crossroads will also highlight music from the many members of the band who went on to impressive solo careers. This time we’ll focus on solo work from Duke Robillard and another popular guitarist from the band, Ronnie Earl, and hear the first of a two-part Robillard special in hour two of the show (with part two later in the month on Crossroads).

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