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The Crossroads

Wednesdays: 9 pm - 10.30 pm

Presented by Willie Brown (aka Nic Tashkoff)

It's dark, late at night and you're all alone, wandering along a rutted dusty country road nearing your destination. A ghost moon peers out from behind the scudding clouds every now and then, letting you see the fields of cotton gently moving as the breeze starts to pick up, making the plants whisper.  A dog howls from a farm yard.

You can smell the rain in the air, it's going to pour soon.  Far off a distant rumble of thunder starts rolling across the sky before it cracks above you like a thousand fireworks, so loud it makes you jump.

Suddenly the night flares and lights up like midday as the sheet lightening flickers across the sky, burning itself into your retinas so that you can still see it after it's finished.

The hair on the back of your neck prickles as you hear something quickly drawing closer.  You stop and turn slowly as you realise you're not alone.  Suddenly a sound like panes of breaking glass crashes through the night, the plaintive wail of an electric guitar playing the blues hits you like a freight-train. 

You've arrived at ‘The Crossroads’.  Your weekly hit of blues and blues influenced music here on 98.9 North West FM, your local station.

From the Deep South on up the Mississippi to Chicago, spreading East to the Atlantic and across to the UK and Europe, and to the West and the Pacific and on to Australia.  You'll hear the blues as it was played in the early 1900's right through to the 21st century.  Be it Robert Johnson picking his 6-string acoustic in a tin shack to Eric and Jimi tearing it up in the 60's, through to the artists of today.  You'll hear it all, right here, down at 'The Crossroads', every Wednesday evening, 2100-2230.

Hour host, Willie Brown (aka Nic Tashkoff), was born at a relatively young age, growing up in rural Victoria, and developed an affinity with the Blues from his school days.  (We could say that his personality is so repellent that we think radio is the best communication form to be exposed to Willie, as it allows him access to only one of your senses, but conscious as we are of the ever present threat of litigation from all quarters, we thought it best simply to limit ourselves to a warning that this programme is definitely NOT for those with impressionable minds). 

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Reviewed

21 March 2013