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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Sunday evening Robert Barclay celebrated the birthday of Mississippi John Hurt, a finger-style acoustic guitarist and songster. He spun Hurt's recordings along with interpretations by some of his admirers such as Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Chris Smither, Dave Van Ronk, Rory Block, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and Doc Watson.



This week on "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay spun some new releases including the new CD that Chuck Berry finished shortly before he died at the age of 90 last spring. He also offered a tribute to Baton Rouge bassist, Noel Neal, including his work with Larry McCray, James Cotton, Debbie Davies, Junior Wells, Son Seals and his brother, Kenny Neal.  



Sunday night on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay turned the clocks back 50 years to 1967 and spun blues & soul music from that year. Aretha, Brother Ray, Muddy, Otis, Etta, Lightnin' and Sam & Dave are already on his playlist.

This edition featured an interview with author and record collector Gayle Dean Wardlow and his emersion into the blues world.  Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Tommy McClennan and others also featured on this week’s show.

Sunday night on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay previewed the lineup for the 14th annual Alpena Blues Festival. Joining him on the program was two members of the Alpena Blues Coalition, Ed Hickock and Pyschoman. He spun music by Jim McCarty & Mystery Train, Kenny Parker and Harper.

Robert also debuted new CDs by John Lee Hooker, the Andy T Band with Alabama Mike, Gina Sicilia and Roy Book Binder.