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, May 8 and Sunday, May 10

Crossroads kicks off the May feature, celebrating the 90th birthday of one of the greats of blues harmonica, Little Walter. We’ll also mark birthdays of blues pioneer Robert Johnson and contemporary blues rock star Joe Bonamassa.

  1. The Jimmys – Gotta Have It (Intercept)
  2. Robert Cray Band – That’s What I Heard (Nozzle)
  3. Roomful of Blues – In a Roomful of Blues (Alligator)
  4. Chickenbone Slim – Sleeper (Lo Fi Mob)
  5. Ben Rice/RB Stone – Out of the Box (Middle Mountain Music)
  6. T Bone Walker – T-Bone Jumps Again (Jasmine)
  7. Johnny Adams - Meets Lee Dorsey (Jasmine)
  8. Frank Bey – All My Dues Are Paid (NOLA Blue)
  9. Whitney Shay – Stand Up! (Ruf)
  10. Jimmy Johnson – Every Day of Your Life (Delmark)

Courtesy Red House Records

Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3

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 this time:

  • David Bromberg Band
  • 2020 Blues Challenge semi-finalists Jim Gustin & Truth Jones
  • The all-star Proven Ones band
  • A new Rough Guide compilation of Spiritual Blues
  • Chicago blues veteran John Primer with harmonica star Bob Corritore
  • And a number of new releases from blues women, including Zakiya Hooker (John Lee Hooker's daughter), Crystal Shawanda, the Mary Jo Curry Band, Casey Hensley, and Cindy Cashdollar.

Friday, April 24 and Sunday, April 26

Crossroads wraps up the April feature with music from Johnny Copeland (including a track with special guest Stevie Ray Vaughan) and daughter Shemekia Copeland (including music from her Dr. John-produced Talking to Strangers album, as a guest on the latest release from the Cash Box Kings, and in hour two in a special done right after her most recent and finest album to date, America’s Child).

We’ll also hear music from Eddie Hinton and Little Charlie & the Nightcats, and the latest from Roomful of Blues, Popa Chubby, the Jimmys, and the 11 Guys Quartet.

Friday, April 17 and Sunday, April 19

This time at the Crossroads we focus on the Texas blues connections of April featured artist Johnny Copeland. We’ll hear Copeland himself as a special guest with Randy Weston and on the Grammy-winning album, Showdown, that he did with Albert Collins and Robert Cray. We’ll also hear Texas artists T-Bone Walker (from a new reissue) and Stevie Ray Vaughan in hour one, and a Texas blues special in hour two.

Also on the show music from Shemekia Copeland (Johnny’s daughter and our other featured artist this month), new releases from Al Basile and the Ben Rice/RB Stone Cigar Guitar Box project, and gospel-inspired sounds from the Blind Boys of Alabama and Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

April 10th is the birthday of April featured artist Shemekia Copeland. We’ll hear music from her and her father, Texas blues legend Johnny Copeland, in hour one, and a special in hour two featuring an interview with her and music from her award-winning last album, America’s Child.

April 12th is the birthday of house-rocking bluesman Hound Dog Taylor and there’s music from him in store on the show as well, along with new blues releases and more.

  1. James Hunter Six – Nick of Time (Daptone)
  2. Jimmy Johnson – Every Day of Your Life (Delmark)
  3. Whitney Shay – Stand Up! (Ruf)
  4. Roomful of Blues – In a Roomful of Blues (Alligator)
  5. Frank Bey – All My Dues Are Paid (NOLA Blue)
  6. Phantom Blues Band – Still Cookin’ (Vizztone)
  7. Tinsley Ellis – Ice Cream in Hell (Alligator)
  8. Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma Band – Hold On (PAO)
  9. Robert Cray Band – That’s What I Heard (Nozzle)
  10. Jimmy Carpenter – Soul Doctor (Gulf Coast)

Courtesy Blind Raccoon

Friday, April 3, and Sunday, April 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 highlights this time:

  • The return of Blind Lemon Pledge
  • A live double set from Watermelon Slim
  • Ben Rice and RB Stone teaming up for a Cigar Box Guitar Project
  • Chicago blues woman Liz Mandeville
  • Volume two in a new series from Rory Block saluting women of the blues
  • And reissues featuring T Bone Walker, and the Crescent City’s Johnny Adams and Lee Dorsey.

Friday, March 27 and Monday, March 29

Crossroads wraps up the March feature of music from the great Memphis Thomas family this time. We’ll hear a rare straight-ahead blues album from Rufus Thomas, a solo project from Vaneese Thomas, a ‘60s hit from Carla Thomas, and a guest appearance from Marvell Thomas with the Staple Singers.

Crossroads also marks birthdays of award-winning Canadian blues artist Sue Foley, Texas blues great Johnny Copeland (the April featured artist along with daughter Shemeika Copeland), and boogie woogie piano player Camille Howard (including a special featuring her music in hour two of the show).

Plus the latest releases from Annika Chambers, the Forty Fours, Whitney Say, Roomful of Blues, and Matchedash Parish.

Friday, March 20 and Sunday, March 22

Crossroads continues the March feature of music from the great Memphis Thomas family. We’ll hear a hit from father Rufus Thomas, a Little Milton album that featured keyboardist and arranger Marvell Thomas, and an album in tribute to her father from Vaneese Thomas this time.

Crossroads also marks March 20th birthdays of pianist, singer and songwriter Marcia Ball, saxophonist and Howlin’ Wolf band member Eddie Shaw, roots blues great Jimmie Vaughan, and also gospel legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe (including a special about her in hour two of the show).

We’ll also hear the latest from the James Hunter Sic, Jimmy Johnson and Mike Zito.

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