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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 features a second helping of covers of Bob Dylan tunes.
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay celebrates the 90th birthday of Chris Strachwitz, the founder of the Arhoolie record label. He includes music from Mance Lipscomb, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Clifton Chenier, CJ Chenier, Big Mama Thornton, Katie Webster, Johnny Young, Beausoleil and Booker White.
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay celebrates the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Alligator record label. He includes tunes by…
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay offered a tribute to the late Roger Hawkins, the drummer with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at…
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay celebrates the recipients of the 2021 Blues Music Awards sponsored by the Blues Foundation in…
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay played tunes by Etta James, Muddy Waters, Irma Thomas, Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles, Koko Taylor,…
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay previewed the 17th annual Alpena Blues Festival (the festival is on Saturday, June 19th) including…
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay notes the passing of blues singer and songwriter James Harman, including a few soundbites from his…
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay notes the passing of Pervis Staples of the Staples Singers and New Orleans singer Lloyd Price. He…
  • This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay offers a tribute to the late Bob Koester, the owner of the Delmark record label in Chicago and a…