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” Robert Barclay celebrated the centennial birthday of Lowell Fulson, a 1993 Blues Hall of Fame inductee. He included some of Fulson's recordings along with covers of his songs by BB King, Albert Collins, Phillip Walker, Ray Charles, Eddy Clearwater, Elvis Presley, Magic Sam, Joe Louis Walker and Roomful of Blues.  


This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay turned the calendar back 100 years to the 1920s and featured some music by the Classic Blues Women. That included music by Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Sippie Wallace, Ida Cox, Victoria Spivey, Alberta Hunter and Mamie Smith. Their sidemen on these recordings included Louis Armstrong, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Tampa Red and Benny Goodman.

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played cover versions of Bo Diddley tunes. He included the Rolling Stones, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, the Animals, Sleepy LaBeef, the Yardbirds, the Kinks, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band and Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks. He also included his interview with Chicago blues harp player Billy Boy Arnold, who was there in 1955 when Ellis McDaniel became "Bo Diddley" at his recording debut. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay debuted the new CD by Curtis Salgado along with tracks from the latest CDs by Bettye LaVette, Chris Smither, Erwin Helfer, Selwyn Birchwood, Harmonica Shah and Howard Glazer. He also noted the passing of Mary Wilson, one of the original members of the Supremes, and keyboardist Michael Fonfara who was with the Downchild Blues Band in Canada.

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay celebrated Mardi Gras with some New Orleans R&B and brass bands plus Cajun and zydeco music. He included Fats Domino, Beausoleil, Tremé Brass Band, Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Marcia Ball, Dr John, Champion Jack Dupree, Marva Wright and Clifton Chenier.