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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Crossroads Top 40 For June 2020

Jul 1, 2020

  1. Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Go, Just Do It! (Stony Plain)
  2. Ruthie Foster – Live at the Paramount (Blue Corn)
  3. Andrew Alli – Hard Workin’ Man (EllerSoul)
  4. Blind Lemon Pledge – Goin’ Home (Self)
  5. Bruce Katz – Solo Ride (American Showplace Music)
  6. Frank Bey – All My Dues Are Paid (NOLA Blue)
  7. Mark Hummel – Wayback Machine (Electro-Fi)
  8. Jimmy Johnson – Every Day of Your Life (Delmark)
  9. Cindy Cashdollar – Waltz for Abilene (Silver Shot)
  10. John Primer & Bob Corritore – The Gypsy Woman Told Me (Vizztone)

July New Blues Releases

Jun 29, 2020

Friday, July 3 and Sunday, July 5

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 new albums featured this time:

  • A new single from Blues Queen Shemekia Copeland
  • Too Slim & the Tail Draggers
  • The Bridget Kelly Band
  • And the long-awaited return of legendary horn man Maceo Parker.

Friday, June 26 and Sunday, June 28

Crossroads celebrates the June 26th birthday of one of the key figures of pre-electric Chicago Blues, Big Bill Broonzy. We’ll hear some of his classic tracks and a tribute from Mark Hummel’s latest album in hour one, and a special, including a conversation with Broonzy biographer Bob Riesman, in hour two of the show.

Crossroads also wraps up the June West Coast Blues feature with jump blues hitmaker Floyd Dixon, and we move up the coast for music from Portland’s Curtis Salgado and Alan Hagar, and Vancouver’s Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and Blue Moon Marquee.

Plus the latest from Blind Lemon Pledge, Hudspeth & Taylor, Bruce Katz, and Watermelon Slim.

West Coast Blues

Jun 15, 2020

Friday, June 19 and Sunday, June 21

Crossroads continues the June West Coast Blues feature with music from and inspired by Charles Brown, one of the key figures in the creation of the sophisticated, after hours rhythm and blues style that developed on the West Coast after the War.

We’ll hear early and comeback tracks from Brown and such related artists as Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield and more, along with a Charles Brown special in hour two of the show. Plus new music from Roomful of Blues, Bruce Katz, and Ruthie Foster, and remembering Lucky Peterson and Little Charlie Baty (of Little Charlie & the Nightcats).

Friday, June 12 and Sunday, June 14

Crossroads kicks off the June feature, celebrating West Coast blues artists past and present.

We’ll hear music from influential early artists like Lowell Fulson and Charles Brown, along with contemporary artists and groups including Kid Ramos, Karen Lovely, the Lucky Losers, Hollywood Blue Flames, and Little Feat.

We’ll also get to music from a new compilation of classic tracks from one of the major influences on West Coast blues, T-Bone Walker, and a special about him in hour two of the show.

Plus the latest from harmonica players Mark Hummel and Tony Holiday, soul blues master Frank Bey, Texas blues singer Annika Chambers, and piano man Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne.

  1. Mark Hummel – Wayback Machine (Electro-Fi)
  2. Frank Bey – All My Dues Are Paid (NOLA Blue)
  3. Cindy Cashdollar – Waltz for Abilene (Silver Shot)
  4. John Primer & Bob Corritore – The Gypsy Woman Told Me (Vizztone)
  5. Rory Block – Prove It On Me (Stony Plain)
  6. Phantom Blues Band – Still Cookin’ (Vizztone)
  7. Chickenbone Slim – Sleeper (Lo Fi Mob)
  8. Robert Cray Band – That’s What I Heard (Nozzle)
  9. The Jimmys – Gotta Have It (Intercept)
  10. Whitney Shay – Stand Up! (Ruf)

June New Blues Releases

Jun 1, 2020

Friday, June 5 and Sunday, June 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 new albums featured this time:

  • Ace blues piano player Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne
  • Ruthie Foster with her Big Band
  • Samoa Wilson teamed up with the Jim Kweskin Band
  • Japanese blues bands with Johnny Burgin
  • Classic Chicago blues from Linsey Alexander
  • And veteran blues band, the Nighthawks.

Friday, May 29, and Sunday, May 31

Crossroads wraps up the May Little Walter Blues Harmonica feature with music from several blues harp players with new albums (including Mark Hummel, Andrew Alli doing a Little Walter tune, and 2020 Independent Music Award) nominee Ilya Portnov, a rare track with Little Walter on guitar, a Little Walter tribute album with Charlie Musselwhite, and a special in hour two chronicling his life and music. We also remember guitarist and organist Lucky Peterson who passed away earlier this month.

Friday, May 22 and Sunday, May 24

In conjunction with the May Little Walter and Blues Music Awards feature, Crossroads highlights music this time from harmonica player and one of this year’s BMA winners, Rick Estrin. We’ll hear him with Little Charlie, the Nightcats, and Frank Bey in hour one, and in a special in hour two of the show. We’ll also hear music from Little Walter and from a tribute album that included harmonica player Sugar Ray Norcia. Also on tap, a classic from Koko Taylor and new music from guitarists Joanna Connor and Cindy Cashdollar.

Friday, May 15 and Sunday, May 17

Crossroads continues the May feature celebrating the 90th birthday of blues harmonica legend Little Walter, including music he did with Muddy Waters and from a Walter tribute album by harmonic player Billy Branch. Plus more Blues Music Awards winners, and a birthday salute to blues great Taj Mahal, including some of his classic tracks, a special in hour two, and also the latest from the Phantom Blues Band, Taj Mahal’s former backup band.

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