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" broacast Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, played selections from these CDs including the new releases from Marcia Ball, Kid Ramos and Paul Thorn. He made sure to also spin some Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Koko Taylor, Lightnin' Hopkins, BB King and some T-Bone Walker. 

This week Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, celebrated his 33rd anniversary broadcast of "The Juke Joint." He shared some of his favorite soundbites from his interviews with blues musicians, including stories about Hound Dog Taylor, Ruthie Foster, John Hammond, John Lee Hooker, Tommy Castro, James Harman and Jimi Hendrix along with their music. He also debuted the new CDs from Marcia Ball, James Harman and Paul Thorn. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broacast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, celebrated two centennial birthdays: blues harp master Big Walter Horton and tenor saxophonist JT Brown. Big Walter recorded with Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor and Johnny Young. JT Brown was a member of Elmore James' band, The Broomdusters.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay featured "Curtis Salgado, Part 2." During his interview, Curtis discusses his emergence into the San Francisco Bay area blues scene of the 1970s with Sonny Rhodes, Luther Tucker and Jimmy McCracklin and shares some stories about Albert Collins, Buddy Ace and Dorothy Love Coates. He also played requests for music by James Brown and Jimmie Vaughan. 


This week on "The Juke Joint" the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, featured singer Alabama Mike. During his interview, Mike  discusses his early love for gospel singing, then he turned to the blues. We heard Alabama Mike's work along with his favorites: ZZ Hill, Johnnie Taylor,Leadbelly, Elmore James, JB Hutto and Hound Dog Taylor.