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 celebrated Elvis Presley's 86th birthday with music from Memphis by Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Charlie Rich, BB King, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, Howlin' Wolf, Sleepy LaBeef and, of course, Elvis himself.

  Sunday night on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay takes listeners  jukin' and honky tonkin' with the music of Howlin' Wolf, Louis Jordan, Slim Gaillard, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, Koko Taylor, Joe Liggins, Nat Cole Trio, Hank Williams, Albert Collins and Dale Watson.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played some tunes for the holidays by Charles Brown, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Louis Armstrong and the Staples Singers. He also shared selections from his favorite CDs from 2020 by Shemekia Copeland, Lucky Peterson, Ruthie Foster, Ivy Ford, Johnny Nicholas and Catfish Keith and he noted the passing of singer Charley Pride. 


  This week on "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay featured blues duets including Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Cephas & Wiggins, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe, Albert Collins & Johnny Clyde Copeland, Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tampa Red & Georgia Tom, BB King & Koko Taylor, Sonny Boy Williamson #1 & Big Joe Williams, and Carey Bell & Lurrie Bell. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played a set of tunes about cars by Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williamson and Chuck Berry and played some new CDs by Erin Harpe, Bob Corritore and Sonny Green. He also shared details about an award that Sugar Pie DeSanto is receiving, he noted the passing of Spencer Davis and celebrated the birthdays of Big Mama Thornton, Tom Waits and Guitar Slim.