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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On this edition of "The Juke Joint," Robert Barclay celebrated the centennial of the birth of Chicago bluesman Floyd Jones. Included in the celebration are performances by Floyd's friends Sunnyland Slim, Honeyboy Edwards, Kansas City Red, Big Walter Horton and Snooky Pryor. In the CD cover photo, Floyd Jones is on the right.

He also debuted a new CD by Catfish Keith, a double CD collection of some vintage houserocking gospel music by the Soul Stirrers, Staple Singers and the Highway QCs along with a preview of the upcoming Ann Arbor Blues Festival.



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The Duke of Juke spun music from the upcoming Petoskey Blues Festival.  Featured artists included Larry McCray and Laith Al-Saadi.  Other featured artists included The Rolling Stones and The Animals.  


This week on the Juke Joint, Robert Barclay spun music from his two featured artists, Laith Al-Saadi and Kelley Hunt.  He also featured content from interviews he has done with both of these artists.

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.