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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. 

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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.

Latest Episodes
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay spins his favorite releases of the 2022. That includes CDs by Larry McCray, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Catfish Keith, Delbert McClinton, and Keb' Mo,' among others. He also notes the passing of singer, songwriter and pianist, Christine Perfect McVie and shares more music from the new Jimi Hendrix Experience release.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast, Robert Barclay noted the passing of guitarist Danny Kalb from the Blues Project in NYC. He also debuted new CDs by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Vanessa Collier, Mud Morganfield and the Durham County Poets; celebrated the 94th birthday of Jimmy Johnson and played some more music by Jerry Lee Lewis.
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay spins work by BB, Albert and Freddie King, Marcia Ball, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Howlin' Wolf, Big Mama Thornton and Hound Dog Taylor and celebrates the 94th birthday of Jimmy Johnson. He also includes new CDs by Angela Strehli, Vanessa Collier and Mud Morganfield plus four more tunes by the late Jerry Lee Lewis.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrates the passion of 78 rpm record collector, the late Joe Bussard. He includes pre-war blues from Memphis Minnie, Big Bill Broonzy, the Memphis Jug Band, Charlie Poole, Jimmie Rodgers, Mississippi John Hurt, Roosevelt Sykes, Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Willie McTell and Tampa Red, among others. Robert also spins some more tunes by the late Jerry Lee Lewis.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast, Robert Barclay features new releases by Buddy Guy, Angela Strehli, Billy Price, Catfish Keith, Rory Block, Annika Chambers, Grant Dermody and Wild Boar Moore. He also offers a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis and notes the birthdays of singer Sippie Wallace and pianist Johnny Jones.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast Robert Barclay celebrates the work of Grammy-winning producer and compiler Andy McKaie. He'll include McKaie's reissues of work by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Etta James, Billlie Holiday, Bobby Bland, Chuck Berry, Junior Parker, Bo Diddley and Koko Taylor.
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, B-3 organist, Richard Lay, will co-host an evening of B-3 blues and soul music. We'll hear from Jimmy Smith, Merl Saunders, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Joey DeFrancesco, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Lee Michaels and Davell Crawford. We also note the passing of singer Mable John and pianist Ramsey Lewis.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast Robert Barclay features new releases from Buddy Guy, Rory Block, Billy Price, Catfish Keith, the Rusty Wright Band, Al Basile, Jimmy Hall, John Németh and a Nashville tribute to a vintage Rolling Stones album from the 1960s.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast, Robert Barclay featured songs about road trips, highways and destinations like Memphis, Chicago and San Francisco Bay. He included songs by Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Chuck Berry, Junior Parker, Chuck Willis, Lowell Fulson, Nat "King" Cole, Janis Joplin and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast Robert Barclay features new releases by Shemekia Copeland, John Nemeth, Rory Block, Mike Morgan & the Crawl, Demetria Taylor, Dylan Triplett, John Primer, Mick Kolassa, the Boneshakers and a tribute to a vintage Rolling Stones album from 1969.