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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Sunday night on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay turned the clocks back 50 years to 1967 and spun blues & soul music from that year. Aretha, Brother Ray, Muddy, Otis, Etta, Lightnin' and Sam & Dave are already on his playlist.

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This edition featured an interview with author and record collector Gayle Dean Wardlow and his emersion into the blues world.  Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Tommy McClennan and others also featured on this week’s show.

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Sunday night on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay previewed the lineup for the 14th annual Alpena Blues Festival. Joining him on the program was two members of the Alpena Blues Coalition, Ed Hickock and Pyschoman. He spun music by Jim McCarty & Mystery Train, Kenny Parker and Harper.

Robert also debuted new CDs by John Lee Hooker, the Andy T Band with Alabama Mike, Gina Sicilia and Roy Book Binder.

Sunday night on "The Juke Joint" broadcaster Robert Barclay celebrated the centennial of the birth of Papa John Creach, a violinist who played jazz, blues, rock & roll and classical music. Robert also included Creach's work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, along with recordings issued under his own name.  

Robert also included a tribute to the late Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band who died on Saturday at the age of 69.

Sunday night on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay will celebrate the centennial of the birth of Papa John Creach, a violinist who played jazz, blues, rock & roll and classical music.

On this week’s edition of ‘The Juke Joint,’ Robert Barclay previews the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival, which happens to be the largest free blues festival in the world. Just a few of the artists featured include Rhiannon Giddens, Billy Branch, Coco Montoya, Rick Estrin & the Night Cats, the Como Mamas, and Lurrie Bell.  

Robert Barclay

Sunday night on ‘The Juke Joint,’ the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, will preview the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival, the world's largest free blues festival.

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This week's show features music from the recipients of the 2017 Blues Music Awards along with new music from Ruthie Foster, Guy Davis and the North Mississippi All-Stars.