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 featured new releases by Terry Hanck, Big Jack Reynolds, Keb' Mo', Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Heather Newman and Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues. He also played four more tunes by Mac Rebennack aka Doctor John. 

Juke Joint: June 30, 2019

Jul 3, 2019

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the music of bandleader, songwriter and talent scout Dave Bartholemew, who worked with Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Little Richard, T-Bone Walker and others. Robert also played music by blues & zydeco guitarist, Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal, who worked with Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco, and he played some more tunes by Mac Rebennack aka Doctor John. 

This week on "The Juke Joint", Robert Barclay offered his tribute to Mac Rebennack -- aka Doctor John. He played music by Mac's mentors Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, and James Booker, along with his work including sessions with Jimmy Smith, Canned Heat, Maria Muldaur, BB King, and Gregg Allman.

The "historical photo" at center is from the 1989 Chicago Blues Festival. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay previewed the 16th annual Alpena (MI) Blues Festival including music by the headliner, Coco Montoya. Coco developed his chops on guitar in the bands of Albert Collins and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. Robert also debuted new releases by Savoy Brown, Govt Mule and Nancy Wright. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay noted the passing of Leon Redbone and Tony "Little Sun" Glover. He also shared stories from Bruce Iglauer about being on the road with Hound Dog Taylor and Elvin Bishop discussed his education in the southside Chicago blues clubs. He also shared details about taking "The Juke Joint" on the road to Petoskey on June 15th for a blues party open to the public.