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, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, was out enjoying the Chicago Blues Festival, so we dug up an archived episode of "The Juke Joint" from August 21, 2016! Featured on this episode was blues music recorded during the years directly after World War II.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, invited CMU President George Ross, the Marquis of R&B, to help program three hours of R&B and soul music. They included music by Bo Diddley, Ike & Tina Turner, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Sly & the Family Stone, Percy Sledge, Little Richard, Fats Domino and James Brown.

Juke Joint: May 27, 2018

May 27, 2018

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, previewed the 35th annual Chicago Blues Festival, the world's largest FREE blues festival. Here are some of the artists that are on the festival bill.

This week on "The Juke Joint," Robert Barclay previewed the upcoming 15th annual Alpena Blues Festival with Ed Hickock and Pyschoman from the Alpena Blues Coalition sharing the details. Here are two of the bands that will appear at the festival.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured the 2018 Blues Music Award winners that were presented recently in Memphis. Some of the winners included Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Rick Estrin & the Night Cats, Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado, Ruthie Foster, Mavis Staples and others depicted in this photo.