Robert Barclay


Robert Barclay launched "The Juke Joint" broadcast on WCMU in April 1985. It has been a Sunday night fixture from 8:00-11:00 pm ever since. A devoted listener dubbed him the "Duke of Juke." He includes nearly a century's worth of blues history on his program including traditional and contemporary blues along with boogie woogie, soul music, rhythm & blues, zydeco and gospel music. 


In 2004, the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee honored him with the "Keeping the Blues Alive Award" in the radio category. The ceremony was hosted by Bob Porter, a noted blues producer and author.  The Blues Foundation is an international organization that promotes blues music and maintains the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis. 


In 2015, the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters presented him with the Public Media Impact Award for "outstanding contributions to Public Broadcasting." 


Since 1988 he has been a contributing photographer to Living Blues magazine, published by the University of Mississippi, and his work has been published on CD covers for a variety of blues artists. 


He was the Director of Photography in the University Communications office at CMU where he was employed since 1980. He retired in 2013 and was granted emeritus status. 


He and his wife, Peggy Brisbane, photographically documented the history of WCMU's "Our Front Porch" concert series for several decades and continue to document the Wheatland Music Festival. 

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This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay offered a tribute to Stan "The Record Man" Lewis who opened a record store in an African-American neighborhood in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1948, and offered a big selection of blues records to his customers. He later launched the Jewel, Paula and Ronn labels releasing blues and soul music by Lightnin' Hopkins, Lowell Fulson, Jerry McCain, George "Wild Child" Butler, Little Johnny Taylor, Frank Frost, Bobby Rush, Buster Benton and numerous others. When Elvis Presley was performing on the Louisiana Hayride radio broadcast in Shreveport, he would often stop in and buy records from Stan and sign autographs for his fans at Stan's Record Shop.

This week  on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay offered some musical tributes from one artist to another including Bob Dylan's tribute to Blind Willie McTell, John Mayall to JB Lenoir, Junior Wells to Sonny Boy Williamson, Greg Brown to Jimmie Rodgers, George "Harmonica" Smith to Little Walter, Guy Davis to Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and an all-star tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan among others.

Robert Barclay

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, offered a tribute to Matthew "Guitar" Murphy who found fame in the Blues Brothers films. He featured his work with James Cotton, Memphis Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson #2 and Muddy Waters. Photo of James Cotton left, and Matthew "Guitar" Murphy is from the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival. Photo by Robert Barclay.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, played some old favorites by Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Muddy Waters along with new releases from Buddy Guy, Lurrie Bell, David Vest and Billy Price.

This week on"The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay offered tributes to drummer Jabo Starks, who played in the bands of Bobby Bland, James Brown and BB King; Chicago blues guitarist Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Elvis Presley's orginal drummer DJ Fontana, gospel singer Clarence Fountain from the Blind Boys of Alabama and Danny Kirwan, a former guitarist in the early years of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.