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 the career of pianist Chuck Leavell. During Robert's interview, Chuck talked about his years with the Allman Brothers Band, Sea Level, Eric Clapton and, since 1983, his years with the Rolling Stones who he still tours and records with.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured the music of the late Fats Domino and the New Orleans piano tradition. He included work by Champion Jack Dupree, James Booker, Huey Smith, Professor Longhair, Doctor John, Tuts Washington, Eddie Bo, Allen Toussaint and, of course, Fats Domino. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured these new and recent releases including selections from the 5-CD boxed set from John Lee Hooker. He also included some wonderful work by Mitch Woods, James Armstrong, Shaun Murphy and Robert Cray.


On this week's edition of "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay featured a generous helping of Louisiana swamp blues including the work of Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Tabby Thomas, Lightnin' Slim, Katie Webster and Lonesome Sundown. He also played some more tunes by last week's featured artist, Delbert McClinton. 

On this week's edition of "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay featured the work of Delbert McClinton, a singer, songwriter and harmonica player from Texas. Delbert's early exposure to Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson and Lightnin' Hopkins inspired his musical career. He's performed in roadhouses, juke joints and honky tonks for the past 50 years. Robert had the chance to sit down with Delbert on his tour bus and hear some of those stories. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured the man who laid down the "Bo Diddley beat," drummer Clifon James. Along with Bo Diddley's recordings, Robert also played Clifton James' percussion work on the recordings of Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor and Johnny Shines.  He also played some tunes in memory of the late slide guitarist Cedell Davis. 

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This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay debuted new CDs by Tommy Castro, James Armstrong, Kim Wilson and Wee Willie Walker. He included some more tunes to celebrate the centennial of the birth of John Lee Hooker and he opened the show with some vintage Lightnin' Hopkins.


This week on “The Juke Joint,” Robert Barclay featured some new releases by Tommy Castro, Sonny Landreth, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the last recordings by the late Gregg Allman and Leon Russell. He also continued to celebrate John Lee Hooker’s 100th birthday.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay focused on the week's blues birthdays including BB King, Billy Boy Arnold, Roy Brown, Barbecue Bob, Fred Below, Snooky Pryor, Shari Kane, Leo Kottke, John "Juke" Logan and Gus Cannon. 

On this week's edition of "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played tunes about automobiles (Fords, Cadillacs, a Mercury and a Mercedes Benz) along with songs about road trips on Highway 61 and Route 66! Along with the artists in this photo, he also played tunes by Maria Muldaur, Rory Block, Rosco Gordon, Frank Frost and Jerry Lee Lewis.