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 Robert Barclay did a tribute to the pioneering blues author, Paul Oliver, who died recently at the age of 90 at his home in England. Here is a photo of a selection of his work. His 1970 book, STORY OF THE BLUES, informed the music world of the early history of the music. Oliver also wrote hundreds of liner notes and magazine articles. Robert played some of the collections of early blues that Oliver produced for reissue including music by Blind Blake, Charlie Patton, Cannon's Jug Stompers and the Beale Street Sheiks.



Robert Barclay celebrated the centennial of the birth of Detroit bluesman, John Lee Hooker. During his career, Hooker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He influenced rock musicians in the U.S. and England. He recorded prolifically for over 50 years.



There are several blues festivals in Michigan coming up in August and September so this week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played tunes by blues artists appearing at blues festivals in Marquette, Ann Arbor, Lansing, East Tawas and St Louis. Among these artists are Joe Louis Walker, Ruthie Foster, Toronzo Cannon, Thornetta Davis, Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, Larry McCray and Jim McCarty & Mystery Train.



This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay previewed the St. Louis, Michigan Blues Festival with festival director Minard Shattuck and emcee Denny Adams as his guests.



This week on "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay assembled a tribute to the late Chicago blues drummer, Casey Jones. He played recordings featuring Casey's work with Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Andrew Brown, A.C. Reed, Lonnie Brooks along with his work in Albert Collins' band, The Icebreakers.

Robert also included a tribute to Cajun singer and guitarist D.L. Menard along with music from the lineup for the upcoming Ann Arbor Blues Festival.



On this edition of "The Juke Joint," Robert Barclay celebrated the centennial of the birth of Chicago bluesman Floyd Jones. Included in the celebration are performances by Floyd's friends Sunnyland Slim, Honeyboy Edwards, Kansas City Red, Big Walter Horton and Snooky Pryor. In the CD cover photo, Floyd Jones is on the right.

He also debuted a new CD by Catfish Keith, a double CD collection of some vintage houserocking gospel music by the Soul Stirrers, Staple Singers and the Highway QCs along with a preview of the upcoming Ann Arbor Blues Festival.



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The Duke of Juke spun music from the upcoming Petoskey Blues Festival.  Featured artists included Larry McCray and Laith Al-Saadi.  Other featured artists included The Rolling Stones and The Animals.  


This week on the Juke Joint, Robert Barclay spun music from his two featured artists, Laith Al-Saadi and Kelley Hunt.  He also featured content from interviews he has done with both of these artists.

Sunday evening Robert Barclay celebrated the birthday of Mississippi John Hurt, a finger-style acoustic guitarist and songster. He spun Hurt's recordings along with interpretations by some of his admirers such as Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Chris Smither, Dave Van Ronk, Rory Block, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and Doc Watson.



This week on "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay spun some new releases including the new CD that Chuck Berry finished shortly before he died at the age of 90 last spring. He also offered a tribute to Baton Rouge bassist, Noel Neal, including his work with Larry McCray, James Cotton, Debbie Davies, Junior Wells, Son Seals and his brother, Kenny Neal.