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 Robert Barclay celebrated the birthdays of BB King, Snooky Pryor, Billy Boy Arnold and Hank Williams, Sr. He also played tunes from Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor and Etta James. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the birthdays of Barbecue Bob, Jazz Gillum, John "Juke" Logan, Shari Kane, Roy Brown, Guitar Shorty and Charles Brown.  He also debuted new CDs by Tad Robinson, Fillmore Slim, Toronzo Cannon, Vaneese Thomas, Annika Chambers and Rick Estrin & the Night Cats. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay featured work by blues harp veterans including Big Walter and Little Walter, two Sonny Boy Williamsons, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Mojo Buford, Sonny Terry and Billy Branch. He also played tunes by the artists they inspired. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the birthdays of Dinah Washington, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Jimmy Rushing, Wynonie Harris and Odie Payne, Jr.  He also debuted new CDs by Mavis Staples, Robert Randolph, and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters. 

Robert Barclay

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay previewed the Marquette Blues Fest featuring Rick Estrin & the Night Cats, The Jimmys, the Chris O'Leary Band and Eliza Neals. The fest takes place Labor Day weekend. He also previewed next weekend's Blues by the Bay in East Tawas (August 23-25) with the blues of John Primer and Laura Rain & the Caesars. 

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