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 celebrates the 75th birthday of Al Green along with the birthdays of Little Brother Montgomery and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. He also debuted new CDs by Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Tia Carroll and blues harpist Bob Corritore. 

  This wseek on“The Juke Joint” broadcast Robert Barclay noted the centennial birthday of blues harp player and singer Shakey Jake Harris. He also included some new releases and acquisitions by Chris Cain, Pat Smillie, Don Bryant, Joe Louis Walker, Freddy Robinson, Alabama Slim and Georgie Fame.

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay offers another helping of blues and soul duets. This includes Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Junior Wells & Buddy Guy, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Ruth Brown & Johnny Adams, Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles, Cephas & Wiggins and Carey & Lurrie Bell. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, celebrated the 36th anniversary of the program. He played music and soundbites from his interviews sharing stories about Hound Dog Taylor, Son Seals, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Salgado, Earl Hooker, CJ Chenier, John Hammond, Koko Taylor and Smokey Wilson. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played some blues and soul music to inspire listeners to contribute to the spring WCMU Public Radio fundraiser. He played music by Slim Harpo, Muddy Waters, Howin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Robert Cray, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Curtis Salgado, Elmore James, Little Walter and John Lee Hooker.