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Buddy Guy/Blues Blast Nominees + Tony Joe White

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Friday, July 23, and Sunday, July 25

Crossroads continues the July feature celebrating the 85th birthday of blues great Buddy Guy and showcasing this year’s Blues Blast Music Awards nominees.

There’s also new music from Chris Cain, Dexter Allen, Kelly’s Lot, Donna Herula and Gerald McClendon, and classics from Guitar Slim and Aretha Franklin.

And Crossroads remembers swamp blues singer and songwriter Tony Joe White for his July 23 birthday with music from his more recent albums, a new album of previously unreleased material, and a special featuring an interview and music in hour two.

Chicago native Chris Heim began a lifelong love affair with radio after wandering into the campus station at the University of Chicago and being unexpectedly offered a music show. She got her first job in radio at one of the area’s last “free-form” stations, worked at Chicago’s only progressive rock station and then joined Chicago’s NPR affiliate. It was here where she hosted a jazz show and a world music show (the latter being one of the longest running world music shows in public radio). She has also served as a Music Director and produced and anchored national broadcasts of the city’s jazz, blues, and Latin music festivals, as well as a long-running series done in partnership with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater.