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 focused on the week's blues birthdays including BB King, Billy Boy Arnold, Roy Brown, Barbecue Bob, Fred Below, Snooky Pryor, Shari Kane, Leo Kottke, John "Juke" Logan and Gus Cannon. 

On this week's edition of "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played tunes about automobiles (Fords, Cadillacs, a Mercury and a Mercedes Benz) along with songs about road trips on Highway 61 and Route 66! Along with the artists in this photo, he also played tunes by Maria Muldaur, Rory Block, Rosco Gordon, Frank Frost and Jerry Lee Lewis.




This week Robert Barclay did a tribute to the pioneering blues author, Paul Oliver, who died recently at the age of 90 at his home in England. Here is a photo of a selection of his work. His 1970 book, STORY OF THE BLUES, informed the music world of the early history of the music. Oliver also wrote hundreds of liner notes and magazine articles. Robert played some of the collections of early blues that Oliver produced for reissue including music by Blind Blake, Charlie Patton, Cannon's Jug Stompers and the Beale Street Sheiks.



Robert Barclay celebrated the centennial of the birth of Detroit bluesman, John Lee Hooker. During his career, Hooker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He influenced rock musicians in the U.S. and England. He recorded prolifically for over 50 years.



There are several blues festivals in Michigan coming up in August and September so this week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played tunes by blues artists appearing at blues festivals in Marquette, Ann Arbor, Lansing, East Tawas and St Louis. Among these artists are Joe Louis Walker, Ruthie Foster, Toronzo Cannon, Thornetta Davis, Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, Larry McCray and Jim McCarty & Mystery Train.