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 played these recent releases by Johnny Rawls, Toronzo Cannon, Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash, the Rhett Yocom Blues Band,Janiva Magness, some vintage Chicago blues from Bea & Baby and Mike Zito's tribute to Chuck Berry. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the 87th birthday of Bob Koester, the founder and longtime owner of the Delmark label in Chicago. He played selections from the Delmark label by Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Carey Bell, Luther Allison, Toronzo Cannon and Junior Wells. He also noted the 70th birthdays of Rory Block and Bonnie Raitt. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay shared his interview with Steven Salter, a man who raises funds and places headstones on the unmarked graves of blues artists. We'll hear about Otis Spann, Hacksaw Harney, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Hip Linkchain, Ernest Lawlers, Eddie King and Big Maceo along with their music. He also played new CDs by Catfish Keith, Johnny Rawls, Diane Blue, Fillmore Slim and Al Basile. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay noted the passing of 99-year-old Henry "Gip" Gipson, the owner of Gip's Place, a popular juke joint that has been open since 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama. He played recordings by some of Gip's favorites: John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, Slim Harpo and Bobby Rush. He also noted the centennial of the birth of blues singer Crown Prince Waterford.  

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay shared the music and history of Lillian McMurry's Trumpet record label in Jackson, Mississippi from 1950-55. He played records by Sonny Boy Williamson #2 (Rice Miller), Elmore James, Jerry McCain, Big Joe Williams, Willie Love, Luther Huff and Tiny Kennedy. He also noted the passing of Beverly "Guitar" Watkins.