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.

Ways to Connect

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured music by the 2019 Blues Music Awards winners. That included Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls,Monster Mike Welch, Michael Ledbetter, Nick Moss, Dennis Gruenling, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster and numerous others.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the induction of the Class of 2019 Blues Hall of Fame inductees: Pee Wee Crayton, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Ida Cox and Booker T & the MGs. He also played Blues Hall of Fame recordings by BB King, Elmore James, Ray Charles, Bessie Smith and Muddy Waters. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay previewed the lineup for the 36th annual Chicago Blues Festival, the world's largest FREE blues festival. He included the music of Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Thornetta Davis, Super Chikan, Jimmy Johnson, Jarekus Singleton, Bettye Lavette, Lurrie Bell, Ruthie Foster and the Cash Box Kings, among others. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the 100th birthday of Bullmoose Jackson and Paul Geremia's 75th along, with new releases by Kenny Parker, Andy Cohen & Joe LaRose, Rosie Flores and a couple of new gospel releases from Chicago.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay,shared some more music and stories about Son Seals, Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown, Etta James, John Mayall, Earl Hooker and Tom Waits. He also celebrated the centennial of the birth of singer Jimmy "T-99" Nelson and celebrated the successful heart surgery on Mick Jagger. 

Pages