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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 celebrated the October birthdays of Sonny Terry, Willie Mabon, Jimmy Dawkins, Detroit Junior and Earl Palmer. He also noted the passing of tenor saxophonist John Firmin aka Johnny Nocturne and played some new releases from Carolyn Wonderland, Sue Foley and Elly Wininger. Plus four more tunes from the Rolling Stones in honor of their drummer Charlie Watts.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast Robert Barclay features the work of drummer Jimi Bott. He includes Bott's recordings with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mark Hummel, Rod Piazza, Kevin Selfe and the Mannish Boys. Robert also offers a tribute to saxophonist John Firmin aka Johnny Nocturne and Ron Wood’s tribute to Jimmy Reed. Plus new releases by Catfish Keith, Carolyn Wonderland, Tommy Castro and Ben Levin.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast Robert Barclay featured some new releases by Bobby Murray, Paul Thorn, Zac Harmon, Tommy Castro and Sue Foley. He also noted the passing of Byther Smith, Carol Fran, Charlie Watts and Commander Cody (George Frayne).
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay offered a tribute to George Wein, the founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He included music by John Lee Hooker, Reverend Gary Davis, Professor Longhair, Neville Brothers, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Lightnin' Hopkins, Clifton Chenier and Marcia Ball. He also played four more tunes by the Rolling Stones in memory of their drummer, Charlie Watts.
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay including music by Little Walter, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Albert King and debtued new CDs by Sue Foley and Tommy Castro. He also offered a tribute to Chicago blues guitarist Byther Smith and Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watts.
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay celebrated September birthdays of BB King, Barbecue Bob, Roy Brown, Gus Cannon, John "Juke" Logan, Charles Brown, Jazz Gillum and the Singing Brakeman, Jimmie Rodgers. He also played four more tunes by the Rolling Stones in memory of their drummer, Charlie Watts.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast Robert Barclay spins music by a variety of Wheatland Festival alumni including John Hammond, Beausoleil, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Eric Bibb, Claudia Schmidt, Louisiana Red, Honeyboy Edwards,Ruthie Foster, Terrance Simien, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Brownie McGhee. He also played more music from the Rolling Stones in memory of their drummer, Charlie Watts.
  • This week on “The Juke Joint” broadcast Robert Barclay celebrates the lives of Charlie Watts, the drummer for the Rolling Stones, Roy Gaines, guitarist for Bobby Bland, and Don Everly of the Everly Brothers. It’s also the anniversary of the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay celebrates the centennial birthday of singer, songwriter and pianist Jimmy McCracklin. He includes some of his recordings along with covers of McCracklin compositions by Magic Sam, Mark Hummel, Byther Smith, Finis Tasby, Little Jimmy King, Preston Shannon and Roy Head and the Traits. He also debuts a new tribute to Hound Dog Taylor & the House Rockers by GA-20.
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay features the work of session guitarist, Reggie Young, who recorded in Memphis and Nashville working with Bobby Bland, James Carr, Solomon Burke, King Curtis, Elvis Presley, Delbert McClinton, Dusty Springfield and Joe Tex.