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 the work of guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen. During the interview Bill spoke about his roots in Ann Arbor and forming the band Commander Cody & the Last Planet Airmen. He now lives in Austin, Texas as the "King of Diesel-billy" with his twangy guitar and truck driving tunes. You'll hear a classic 8-minute version of "Hot Rod Lincoln" and some music by some of his favorites like Bob Dylan, Mike Bloomfield and Red Simpson.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, celebrated the music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the spring. He also played some more music for the holidays by Charles Brown, CJ Chenier, Marcia Ball, Heavenly Gospel Singers, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks and Louis Armstrong.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, shared his favorite blues releases of 2017 (tune in to find out what they were). He also played some tunes for the holiday season by BB King, Charles Brown, Odetta, Thornetta Davis and the Staples Singers.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, played some new releases by Mitch Woods, Benny Turner, Sweet Pea Atkinson and a tribute to Howlin' Wolf along with some vintage material by the Neville Brothers, Little Junior Parker and John Lee Hooker.

 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, featured the Grammy nominees in the two blues categories. This included the work of Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo', Eric Bibb, Elvin Bishop, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, RL Boyce, Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Rolling Stones. 

 

He also debuted new CDs by Samantha Fish, Julian Fauth, a tribute to Howlin' Wolf and a collection of blues harp tunes by a variety of artists.

 

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