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 the Duke of Juke Robert Barclay paid tribute to Eddie Taylor Jr, who carried the Chicago blues legacy of his father, Eddie Sr. He also noted the passing of tenor saxophonist Abb Locke, who recorded with Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, Lonnie Brooks and Eddy Clearwater. Robert also debuted new CDs by Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Scott Ramminger and Detroit's Kenny Parker.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke Robert Barclay played new CDs by Reese Wynans, Rosie Flores, John Mayall, Willie Buck, Tommy Castro, Sugaray Rayford and Mary Lane. He also noted the passing of Chicago bluesman Eddie Taylor, Jr. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, it's Mardi Gras with a mixture of New Orleans R&B, brass bands and Cajun and zydeco music! The Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, played music by Fats Domino, Trombone Shorty, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Balfa Brothers, Allen Toussaint, Dr John, Beausoleil, Clifton & CJ Chenier, Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair and the Neville Brothers. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay noted the centennial of the birth of Driftin' Slim (Elmon Mickle) with an evening of downhome blues. He included work by the artists in this photo along with John Brim, Lightnin' Slim, Lowell Fulson, Willie Nix, Washboard Willie and Sugar Pie Desanto. He also debuted the new CD by Tommy Castro. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay played some blues by the artists that inspired the Rolling Stones. This includes Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Reed, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Many of these tunes are collected on a new double CD celebrating these artists' work. 

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