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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Juke Joint: February 16, 2020

Feb 17, 2020

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay featured new releases by Jimmy Johnson, Frank Bey, Tinsley Ellis, Cindy Cashdollar, Junior Watson, Sugar Blue, Mark Hummel, Bobby Rush and a tribute to Mose Allison. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the music of saxophonist Robert Parker with his session work with Professor Longhair, Earl King, Huey "Piano" Smith, Ernie K-Doe, Al Johnson and TV Slim along with Parker's huge 1966 dance hit "Barefootin'." He also played selections from three Grammy winners by Delbert McClinton, Gary Clark, Jr and Keb' Mo'. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured some Louisiana blues, Cajun and zydeco music. He included the work of Beausoleil, Terrance Simien, Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Katie Webster, Clifton & CJ Chenier, the Balfa Brothers, Chubby Carrier and Buckwheat Zydeco.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke Robert Barclay shared an evening of soulful gospel singing along with songs from the civil rights movement for Dr Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. We heard from Aretha, Mavis & Pops, Mahalia, Sam, Clara, Sister Rosetta and Rev. Gary, among others. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the 2020 inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis (the event is on May 6th). This includes Billy Branch, Eddie Boyd, Victoria Spivey, Bettye LaVette, George "Harmonica"Smith and Syl Johnson, covering nearly a century of blues history. He also debuted new CDs by Jimmy Johnson and Tinsley Ellis.