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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Juke Joint: July 15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured "Blues Tributes, Part 2", including salutes to Muddy Waters, Blind Boy Fuller, Elmore James, Charlie Patton, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, and Jimmy Smith. He also debuted new CDs from Elvin Bishop and Shemekia Copeland.

This week  on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay offered some musical tributes from one artist to another including Bob Dylan's tribute to Blind Willie McTell, John Mayall to JB Lenoir, Junior Wells to Sonny Boy Williamson, Greg Brown to Jimmie Rodgers, George "Harmonica" Smith to Little Walter, Guy Davis to Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and an all-star tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan among others.

Robert Barclay

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, offered a tribute to Matthew "Guitar" Murphy who found fame in the Blues Brothers films. He featured his work with James Cotton, Memphis Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson #2 and Muddy Waters. Photo of James Cotton left, and Matthew "Guitar" Murphy is from the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival. Photo by Robert Barclay.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, played some old favorites by Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Muddy Waters along with new releases from Buddy Guy, Lurrie Bell, David Vest and Billy Price.

This week on"The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay offered tributes to drummer Jabo Starks, who played in the bands of Bobby Bland, James Brown and BB King; Chicago blues guitarist Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Elvis Presley's orginal drummer DJ Fontana, gospel singer Clarence Fountain from the Blind Boys of Alabama and Danny Kirwan, a former guitarist in the early years of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.