This week on"The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, played some soulful gospel singing by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, the Staple Singers, Swan Silvertones, the Clara Ward Singers andMahalia Jackson, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. He also played a selction of songs from the civil rights movement.

Homespun: January 14, 2017

Jan 14, 2018
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This week on Homespun, we'll hear some songs form Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, The Piedmont Melody Makers, and the blues of Memphis Slim!

We'll also hear new music from Joshua Davis , and a classic from Harry Nilsson's "Nilsson Sings Newman".

Our first batch of all new stuff for 2018 on The Beat this week...Michigan's own Sunny Wilkinson, vibraphonist Steve Hobbs, saxophonist Steve Slagle and a great pairing, the Chick Corea-Steve Gadd Band!

Kick off your weekend with some great music on The Set List! New music from Django Django, Lost Horizons, and Confidence Man. Catch looks back with Holly and the Italians and Swingin' Utters. Tune in for amazing #MiMusic from Double Winter, Chameleon Treat, Boy Rex, Michigander, Moses, The Social Bandits, and we'll skip over the St. Marys River to Kalle Mattson.

The Grunge Gold Rush

Jan 12, 2018

On the most humiliating day of Jawbox's career, guitarist Bill Barbot was wearing a colorfully striped cotton T-shirt, white Calvin Klein jeans and Persol sunglasses and standing in a suburban New Jersey grocery store. Underneath orange and purple balloons and a hand-printed "Juicy Cubed Beef 59 ¢ lb." sign, he held his guitar in the air, poised to smash it into a cart full of junk food. To Barbot's left were his bandmates: drummer Zach Barocas, in a cream-colored jacket, bassist Kim Coletta in an impeccable red dress and singer J.

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