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 noted the passing of Grady Gaines and Sherman Robertson. Gaines played tenor sax in the Texas Upsetters backing Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Gatemouth Brown and Joe Tex. Robertson was the guitarist in the zydeco bands of Clifton Chenier, Rockin' Dopsie and Terrance Simien before forming his own blues band. He also played some tunes by Van Morrison, Mississippi John Hurt, Chris Smither, AJ Crawdaddy and Joyann Parker. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay debuted some new CDs by Jimmie Vaughan, Selwyn Birchwood, Erwin Helfer, AJ Crawdaddy, Danny Brooks, Harmonica Shah and Howard Glazer. He also played tunes by Bettye LaVette, Chris Smither and Dave Keller. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured blues, Cajun and zydeco music. He included music by CJ Chenier, Beausoleil, Lazy Lester, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Terrance Simien, Katie Webster, Buckwheat Zydeco, Rosie Ledet, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Benzie Playboys and John Mooney. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay shared gospel music and songs from the civil rights movement for Dr Martin Luther King's birthday. He included music from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Aretha Franklin, the Swan Silvertones, Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Pete Seeger, the Staple Singers and the Dixie Hummingbirds. 

  This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played music by the artists that died in 2020 including Little Richard, John Prine, Bryan Lee, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Lucky Peterson, Frank Bey, Big George Brock, Bill Withers, Young Jessie, Henry Gray and Robert Parker.