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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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Though Maria Muldaur made her mark on the pop charts with her big hit, "Midnight at the Oasis," her real legacy instead is the long line of impressive and eclectic roots music recordings that followed. Now celebrating her 70th birthday, she remains an impressive singer and interpreter of rich, deep veins of American music.

Top 40 Albums July 2013

Aug 1, 2013

1. Mavis Staples - One True Vine (Anti-)
2. Bobby McFerrin - Spirit You All (Masterworks)
3. Trampled Under Foot - Badlands (Telarc)
4. Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa - Seesaw (J&R Adventures)
5. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)

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Throughout August, Crossroads features music from legendary pianist, composer, producer and National Medal of Arts recipient Allen Toussaint and also Americana singer-songwriter J.J. Cale who passed away at the end of July.

Top 40 Albums June 2013

Jul 2, 2013

1. Hadden Sayers - Rolling Soul (Blue Corn)
2. Cash Box Kings - Black Toppin' (Blind Pig)
3. Duke Robillard Band - Independently Blue (Stony Plain)
4. Fabulous Thunderbirds - On the Verge (Severn)
5. Delbert & Glen - Blind, Crippled and Crazy (New West)

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Throughout July, Crossroads marks the centennial birthday of influential blues pianist, long time Muddy Waters band member and blues session player Pinetop Perkins. We'll also pay tribute to the great blues singer Bobby Blue Bland, who passed away last month at the age of 83.

Throughout June, Crossroads will be spinning golden oldies and rarities from Bobby Robinson's classic doo-wop and R&B labels.

Top 40 Albums May 2013

May 31, 2013
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1. Boz Scaggs - Memphis (429 Records)
2. Tom Jones - Spirit in the Room (Rounder)
3. Robin Trower - Roots and Branches (V12)
4. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)
5. Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson - Beyond Carnival (Rabadash)

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  1. Boz Scaggs - Memphis (429 Records)
  2. Big Bill Morganfield - Blules With A Mood (Black Shuck)
  3. Dynamites w/ Charles Walker - Love Is Only Everything (Gemco)
  4. Robin Trower - Roots and Branches (V12) photo gallery

Throughout May, Crossroads teams up with Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train and Straight No Chaser to celebrate B3 Month on KMUW. At the Crossroads, it's great players and recordings from both blues and soul that feature the instrument.

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Though at some point in his life a few years were shaved off, credible evidence (including a marriage certificate, union card, social security filings and early interviews) all point to 1913 as the year of Muddy Waters' birth. And a century since that event, he remains one of the most influential figures in the blues.