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 the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, turned the clock back 50 years to 1967 for some blues and soul music from that year. That includes the work of Booker T & the MGs, Albert King, Etta James, Slim Harpo, Ray Charles, James Brown, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson and Muddy Waters. He also played some listener requests for the Downchild Blues Band and Boz Scaggs. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured the work of acoustic bassist Ransom Knowling including his work with Elmore James, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Big Bill Broonzy and John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson. He also debuted the new CDs from the Corey Dennison Band,  Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters along with a new re-issue from Johnny Nicholas. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay featured blues harp veteran Charlie Musselwhite, Part 3. He included more from his interview with Charlie as he discusses his work with Tom Waits, Cindi Lauper, Ben Harper, the Blind Boys of Alabama and his 11 Grammy nominations.

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.