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 noted the passing of 99-year-old Henry "Gip" Gipson, the owner of Gip's Place, a popular juke joint that has been open since 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama. He played recordings by some of Gip's favorites: John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, Slim Harpo and Bobby Rush. He also noted the centennial of the birth of blues singer Crown Prince Waterford.  

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay shared the music and history of Lillian McMurry's Trumpet record label in Jackson, Mississippi from 1950-55. He played records by Sonny Boy Williamson #2 (Rice Miller), Elmore James, Jerry McCain, Big Joe Williams, Willie Love, Luther Huff and Tiny Kennedy. He also noted the passing of Beverly "Guitar" Watkins. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the centennial of the birth of tenor saxman Hal "Cornbread" Singer. He played Singer's material along with his peers in the honking tenor sax tradition depicted in this photo. He also noted the passing of drummer Ginger Baker from Cream, and he debuted new CDs by Janiva Magness, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Johnny Burgin, Biscuit Miller, Diane Blue and Big Dave McLean. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured pre-war Texas blues by Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, Blind Willie Johnson, Alex Moore, Sippie Wallace, Lead Belly, the Black Ace, Henry Thomas and Sammy Price, among others. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay featured these new releases including Chicago's Bea & Baby boxed set, Ray Bonneville, Samantha Fish, Fillmore Slim, Mavis Staples, Beth Hart, Toronzo Cannon and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters.