Juke Joint

Sundays 8pm-11pm

Every Sunday night, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, is in the house spinning a mix of acoustic and electric music from the 1920s to the present, including from the worlds of blues, soul, R&B, gospel and zydeco. 

Detroit bluesman Reverend Robert Jones (left) and bluesman Guy Davis (right) stand with Robert Barclay (center).

Robert 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.

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This week on "The Juke Joint," Robert Barclay previewed the upcoming 15th annual Alpena Blues Festival with Ed Hickock and Pyschoman from the Alpena Blues Coalition sharing the details. Here are two of the bands that will appear at the festival.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured the 2018 Blues Music Award winners that were presented recently in Memphis. Some of the winners included Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Rick Estrin & the Night Cats, Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado, Ruthie Foster, Mavis Staples and others depicted in this photo.

This week at "The Juke Joint" the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, spun music by the 2018 Blues Hall of Fame inductees shown in this photo. He also played five blues songs and selections from one album that will be inducted as "Classics of Blues Recordings" by BB King, Booker T & the MGs, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner and Ma Rainey.

On this week's edition of "The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, featured new releases by Ry Cooder, Marcia Ball, Victor Wainwright, James Harman, Paul Thorn and a tribute to Elmore James. He also shared John Hammond's story about the first time he met Tom Waits and Charlie Musselwhite talking about his friendship with William Clarke. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, shared some stories about George "Harmonica" Smith, John Mayall, Son Seals, Tom Waits, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rod & Honey Piazza, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Albert Collins and Hound Dog Taylor, along with their music.