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" broadcast Robert Barclay featured singer Maria Muldaur. During his interview she discusses her blues favorites Memphis Minnie, Sippie Wallace and Victoria Spivey along with the jug bands she was part of on the Greenwich Village scene in the 1960s. He also played new CDs by JImi Hendrix, Mud Morganfield, Nick Moss with Dennis Gruenling and Curtis Salgado with Alan Hager. 


This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, profiled the career of Chicago blues pianist Johnny Jones. During the show he played Johnny's tunes along with his contributions to the recordings of Elmore James, Big Joe Turner, Tampa Red, Big Maceo and Junior Wells. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, featured a variety of recordings dealing with the telephone including work by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Fenton Robinson, Wilson Pickett and Robert Cray. He also debuted new CDs by John Mayall, Nick Moss & Dennis Gruenling. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay celebrated Mardi Gras with music from New Orleans, the bayou and the southwest prairie of Louisiana. He inclued music by Fats Domino, Beausoleil, Clifton Chenier, Irma Thomas, Doctor John, Sonny Landreth, Professor Longhair, the Neville Brothers and Smiley Lewis, among others. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, featured blues and soul singer Curtis Salgado. During Robert's interview with Curtis, he discussed his influences (Ray Charles, Dorothy Love Coates, Johnnie Taylor) and told stories about his work with Robert Cray, Albert Collins and Otis Rush. He also provided John Belushi with a solid background in blues and soul history that led to the creation of the Blues Brothers act.