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 Elvis Presley's 85th birthday with these musicians: Howlin' Wolf, Isaac Hayes, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, BB King, Little Milton, Ann Peebles, OV Wright, Al Green and Jerry Lee Lewis. He also noted the passing of rockabilly guitarist Sleepy LaBeef who shares his own Elvis story during Robert's 1998 interview.

This week on "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay played some new releases and re-issues including a tribute to Mose Allison, some vintage work by the Nat Cole Trio, Jimmy Nolen and Willie Dixon with the Big Three Trio. Plus new CDs by the North Mississippi All Stars and Gary Clark Jr!

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay spun music for the holidays including work by BB King, Ray Charles, the Staples Singers, James Brown, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Thornetta Davis, Odetta, Charles Brown and Hop Wilson!

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured the work of songwriter Jesse Stone aka Charles Calhoun. He played Mr. Stone's compositions performed by Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, the Drifters, the Clovers, Elvis Presley, Louis Jordan, Delbert McClinton, Chuck Willis and Ruth Brown. He also did a tribute to the late soul singer, Wee Willie Walker, and debuted some new CDs. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay invited Saginaw native, author and musician, Fred Reif, on the show. Fred's new book shares stories about his life in the blues with Lazy Lester, Lightnin' Slim, Isaiah "Doctor" Ross, Boogie Woogie Red, Sharrie Williams, Baby Boy Warren and Sir Mack Rice.