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 the centennial of the birth of Detroit bluesman Robert "Baby Boy" Warren. He played Warren's music along with tunes by his peers on the Motor City blues scene in the post-war years including the work of John Lee Hooker, Washboard Willie, Eddie Burns, Boogie Woogie Red, Bobo Jenkins and Eddie Kirkland. He also debuted new CDs by Ivy Ford, Bruce Katz and Billy Price. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay played selections from the artists who are appearing at the Ann Arbor Blues Festival the weekend of August 16-18 including Bernard Allison, Benny Turner, Danielle Nicole, Laith Al-Saadi, Lindsay Beaver and Kara Grainger. He also previewed the lineup for the Freeland, Michigan Blues Festival that happens on Saturday, August 24th featuring Samantha Fish, Larry McCray, Wayne Baker Brooks and Jake Kershaw. 

This week on "The Juke Joint," Robert Barclay offered a tribute to keyboardist and singer Art Neville. He included his early work released under his name along with work he did with the Hawketts, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Meters and the Neville Brothers. He also debuted new CDs from the Nick Moss Band, Pat Smillie and Zac Harmon and noted Buddy Guy's 83rd birthday. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay played blues recordings released on the Electro-Fi label from Toronto. He included the work of Billy Boy Arnold, Mel Brown, Fathead, Little Mack Simmons, Mark Hummel, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Paul Oscher and Sharrie Williams. He also shared soundbites from his interview with the record label's owner, Andrew Galloway, tellings stories about the artists he worked with. 

This week on "The Juke Joint," Robert Barclay debuted a new CD by Delbert McClinton, and played some other new CDs by Billy Branch and Terry Hanck. He also celebrated Mavis Staples' 80th birthday, and shared information about a gig with John Mayall and Larry McCray.