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, February 19, and Sunday, February 21

The Crossroads February feature continues with music from Maple Blues Awards winners, nominees and performers (including Ben Racine), Blues Music Award nominees (John Primer, John Nemeth, Bobby Rush, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones) and music from New Orleans (Dirty Dozen Brass Band). Plus birthday salutes to Nina Simone, Smokey Robinson, and Corey Harris (featured in concert in hour two of the show), and the latest releases from Sharon Jones & the DapKings, and Erin Harpe.

Friday, February 12, and Sunday, February 14

Crossroads continues a February triple feature of music from New Orleans, newly announced Blues Music Awards nominees, and music from the Maple Blues Awards, which are going on virtually every Monday in the month across Canada, with live streamed performances and the announcement of selected winners on each date.

Plus music this time from newly named Rock Hall of Fame nominees Tina Turner and Chaka Khan, and birthday salutes to soul and funk saxophone great Maceo Parker, West Side blues pioneer Magic Sam, and ‘The Soul Queen of New Orleans’ Irma Thomas, featured in a special in hour two of the show.

Friday, February 5, and Sunday, February 7

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:

Rare and unreleased Dave Alvin

Award-winning blues rocker Selwyn Birchwood

New soul blues from Dave Keller

Minnesota blues and roots singer Joy Ann Parker

Boston teen rising blues star Veronica Lewis

The latest in the Down Home Blues series featuring artists from Miami, Atlanta and the southeastern states

And newly announced Blues Music Awards nominees with recent releases.

Friday, January 29, and Sunday, January 31

Crossroads wraps up the January feature looking back at the blues music of the past year with recordings induced into the Grammy Hall of Fame (Stevie Ray Vaughan), nominated for Grammys (North Mississippi Allstars), and show favorites (Rory Block, Nora Jean Wallace).

Crossroads also marks birthdays of Chicago bluesman Eddie Taylor, pianist Roosevelt Sykes, harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite (featured on 2020 releases with Elvin Bishop and with the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers), and soul comeback legend Bettye LaVette (including in a concert special in hour two).

Friday, January 22, and Sunday, January 24

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2020 feature with more show favorites, blues songs that went into the public domain, and songs and albums that are being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

We’ll also hear music from two of the great voices of soul music for their birthdays – Aaron Neville and Sam Cooke, including music from a 2020 release of Cooke’s Complete Keen Recordings, the soundtrack to One Night in Miami, and a special about Cooke’s life and music in hour two of the show.

Friday, January 15, and Sunday, January 17

In conjunction with our January feature looking back at the past year in music, Crossroads devotes this episode to remembering artists who passed away in 2020. We’ll hear selections from Bill Withers, Lucky Peterson, Salome Bey, Frank Bey, Peter Green, Little Charlie Baty, Little Richard, Robert Parker, and in hour two of the show, a special featuring the late blues pianist and singer Henry Gray.

Friday, January 8, and Sunday, January 10

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2020 feature with music from recently named Arhoolie Award-winner Sugar Pie DeSanto, Grammy nominees Bobby Rush and Ruthie Foster, and favorites from Chickenbone Slim and Rory Block. We’ll also hear the latest from Duke Robillard and Dave Riley with Bob Corritore, and mark birthdays of blues legend Tampa Red, Jimmy Vivino (on a 2020 release from Dion), and Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater (who is also featured in a special in hour two of the show).

  1. Nora Jean Wallace – Blues Woman (Severn)
  2. Various Artists – A Gulf Coast Christmas (Gulf Coast)
  3. Duke Robillard – Blues Bash (Stony Plain)
  4. Kim Wilson – Take Me Back (MC Records)
  5. Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War (Alligator)
  6. Sonny Green – Found! One Soul Singer (Little Village Foundation)
  7. Kerry Kearney – Tales from the Psychedelta (Highlander)
  8. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Just Dropped in…(Daptone)
  9. Kid Ramos & Bob Corritore – Phoenix Blues Sessions (Vizztone)
  10. Vanessa Collier – Heart on the Line (Phenix Fire)

Best Of 2020

Dec 29, 2020

Friday, January 1 and Sunday, January 3

In this edition of Crossroads, we kick off the January Best of 2020 feature. Throughout the month, we’ll highlight show favorites, other significant titles, tributes to artists who passed in 2020, and more.


Friday, December 25, and Sunday, December 27

Crossroads steps aside for Blues American and R&B Christmas specials.

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