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 at "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, offered a tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. He played a selection of her work along with music by her mentors and friends including Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington, Clara Ward, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland. In the coming weeks and months he will continue to salute Aretha by spinning four tunes each program from throughout her career. Robert also previewed the Blues by the Bay Festival in East Tawas, Michigan and the Marquette Blues Festival in Marquette, Michigan.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay offered a tribute to Stan "The Record Man" Lewis who opened a record store in an African-American neighborhood in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1948, and offered a big selection of blues records to his customers. He later launched the Jewel, Paula and Ronn labels releasing blues and soul music by Lightnin' Hopkins, Lowell Fulson, Jerry McCain, George "Wild Child" Butler, Little Johnny Taylor, Frank Frost, Bobby Rush, Buster Benton and numerous others.

Juke Joint: August 5, 2018

Aug 5, 2018

This week on the "Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, previewed music from the upcoming St. Louis Michigan Blues Festival, which takes place August 17th and 18th in St. Louis, and interviewed festival organizer Minard Shattuck, his daughter, singer Natalie Shattuck, who will be opening the festival with Mill Street Blues, and the emcee for the festival, Denny Adams.

We also said goodbye to behind-the-scenes worker and friend of the show Donovan Boxey, who has been working with the Duke for several years during the broadcast, and who is moving on to student-teach this upcoming fall.

Juke Joint: July 29, 2018

Jul 29, 2018

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay had the director of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival, James Partridge, and the editor and photographers for Big City Rhytm & Blues magazine, Robert Jr. Whitall and Shirley Mae Owens, on the show to share details about the Ann Arbor Blues Festival coming up in August. He played selections from some of the festival lineup including Shemekia Copeland, Sue Foley, Janiva Magness, Larry McCray, Carolyn Wonderland, Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Benny Turner and Ana Popovic.

Juke Joint: July 22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018

This week at "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay featured New Orleans pianist Henry Butler. During his interview with Henry, he talks about the inspiration of Professor Longhair, James Booker, Allen Toussaint and Esquerita.