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 his 35th anniversary of the program. He chose some favorite soundbites from his interviews with Koko Taylor, Sonny Rhodes, Little Milton, Ruthie Foster, CJ Chenier, Elvin Bishop and Gatemouth Brown, along with their music. Consider "The Juke Joint" your safe haven to hear the blues!

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured classic blues recordings that will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis next month. That includes singer Bertha "Chippie" Hill singing "Trouble in Mind" with Louis Armstrong on cornet, Willie Brown singing "Future Blues," and tunes by BB King, Ruth Brown, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and Howlin' Wolf's Chess Box.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay featured these new releases by Rory Block, Bernard Allison, Phantom Blues Band, Sass Jordan, King Solomon Hicks, Ivy Ford, Luther "Badman" Keith, Forrest McDonald and a couple of cigar box guitarists, Ben Rice & RB Stone. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay featured these new releases by Rory Block, Bernard Allison, Phantom Blues Band, Sass Jordan, King Solomon Hicks, Ivy Ford, Luther "Badman" Keith, Forrest McDonald and a couple of cigar box guitarists, Ben Rice & RB Stone.

This week on "The Juke Joint", Robert Barclay offered a tribute to the guitarist Little Charlie Baty, who was the leader of Little Charlie & the Night Cats, one of the hottest bands working the blues circuit. He also included his work with Mark Hummel's Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue with Anson Funderburgh.  Robert also played new releases by Ivy Ford, Roomful of Blues, Sass Jordan and Rory Block.

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