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 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.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured singer Maria Muldaur. During his interview she discusses her blues favorites Memphis Minnie, Sippie Wallace and Victoria Spivey along with the jug bands she was part of on the Greenwich Village scene in the 1960s. He also played new CDs by JImi Hendrix, Mud Morganfield, Nick Moss with Dennis Gruenling and Curtis Salgado with Alan Hager. 


This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, profiled the career of Chicago blues pianist Johnny Jones. During the show he played Johnny's tunes along with his contributions to the recordings of Elmore James, Big Joe Turner, Tampa Red, Big Maceo and Junior Wells. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, featured a variety of recordings dealing with the telephone including work by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Fenton Robinson, Wilson Pickett and Robert Cray. He also debuted new CDs by John Mayall, Nick Moss & Dennis Gruenling.