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Crossroads' Best Music of 2021

Chris Heim, host of Crossroads, shares her picks for the best blues releases of 2021.

  1. Adam Schultz —Soulful Distancing (Blue Heart)
  2. Raphael Wressnig & Igor Prado — Groove and Good Times (Pepper Cake)
  3. Sue Foley — Pinky’s Blues (Stony Plain)
  4. Bob Corritore & Friends — Spider in My Stew (Vizztone)
  5. Colin Linden — bLOW (Thirty Tigers)
  6. Sean Chambers — That’s What I’m Talking About (Quarto Valley)
  7. Deb Ryder —Memphis Moonlight (Vizztone)
  8. Tia Carroll — You Gotta Have It (Little Village)
  9. Clarence Spady — Surrender (NOLA Blue)
  10. New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers — Vol. 2 (Stony Plain)
  11. Damon Fowler — Alafia Moon (Landslide)
  12. GA-20 — GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It…You Might Like It! (Karma Chief)
  13. Guy Davis — Be Ready When I Call You (M.C. Records)
  14. Jason Ricci and Joe Krown — City Country City (Gulf Coast)
  15. Malcolm Wells & the Two-Timers — Hollerin’ Out Loud! (Malcolm Wells)
  16. Seth Lee Jones — Flathead (Horton)
  17. Robbin Kapsalis & Vintage #18 — Soul Shaker (Birdsong)
  18. Dave Specter — Six String Soul: 30 Years on Delmark (Delmark)
  19. Eric Bibb — Dear America (Provogue)
  20. Donna Herula — Bang at the Door (Donna Herula)
  21. Gary Moore — How Blue Can You Get (Provogue)
  22. Kenny Wayne Shepherd — Straight to You Live (Provogue)
  23. Ben Levin — Still Here (VizzTone)
  24. Zac Harmon — Long as I Got My Guitar (Catfood)
  25. The Hitman Blues Band — Not My Circus, Not My Monkey (Nerus)
Chris Heim produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. Chris is also a critic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others.