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 tunes by Etta James, Muddy Waters, Irma Thomas, Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles, Koko Taylor, James Brown, Bo Diddley and Aretha Franklin. He also noted Father's Day and the first day of summer. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay previewed the 17th annual Alpena Blues Festival (the festival is on Saturday, June 19th) including the work of Thornetta Davis, Nora Jean (Bruso) Wallace, Cee Cee Collins and Erin Coburn. He also played some new releases by Maria Muldaur, Guy Davis, the Black Keys, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Landreth and a new 3-CD collection celebrating the Alligator label's 50th anniversary.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay notes the passing of blues singer and songwriter James Harman, including a few soundbites from his 2007 interview with Harman. He also previews the Alpena Blues Festival, celebrates Eric Burdon's 80th birthday, the Alligator label's 50th anniversary and spins some new releases by Maria Muldaur, Guy Davis and Lightnin' Hopkins. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay notes the passing of Pervis Staples of the Staples Singers and New Orleans singer Lloyd Price. He also celebrates the centennial of the birth of steel guitarist Hop Wilson and played some more selections from Bob Koester's Delmark label including Syl Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Zora Young and Shirley Johson. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay offers a tribute to the late Bob Koester, the owner of the Delmark record label in Chicago and a member of the Blues Hall of Fame. Robert includes Delmark blues releases by Junior Wells, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Speckled Red, J.B. Hutto, Big Joe Williams, Zora Young and Big Time Sarah. 

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