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 noted the passing of Leon Redbone and Tony "Little Sun" Glover. He also shared stories from Bruce Iglauer about being on the road with Hound Dog Taylor and Elvin Bishop discussed his education in the southside Chicago blues clubs. He also shared details about taking "The Juke Joint" on the road to Petoskey on June 15th for a blues party open to the public.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay debuted new releases by the BB King Blues Band, Magic Slim, Jimmie Vaughan, Fruteland Jackson, Harpdog Brown, the Texas Horns and George Benson's tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured music by the 2019 Blues Music Awards winners. That included Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls,Monster Mike Welch, Michael Ledbetter, Nick Moss, Dennis Gruenling, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster and numerous others.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the induction of the Class of 2019 Blues Hall of Fame inductees: Pee Wee Crayton, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Ida Cox and Booker T & the MGs. He also played Blues Hall of Fame recordings by BB King, Elmore James, Ray Charles, Bessie Smith and Muddy Waters. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay previewed the lineup for the 36th annual Chicago Blues Festival, the world's largest FREE blues festival. He included the music of Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Thornetta Davis, Super Chikan, Jimmy Johnson, Jarekus Singleton, Bettye Lavette, Lurrie Bell, Ruthie Foster and the Cash Box Kings, among others. 

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