Tom Marker

Host: Blues Breakers

At ‘XRT we still hear from people who tell us they’ve been listening since we were a part-time, underground station. Tom says he’s been listening longer than that. His first personal contact with ‘XRT was when he met John Platt. He invited Tom to visit him while on the air at WGLD, a one-time progressive rock station based in Oak Park. Tom thought, “cool job.” [Read Tom’s Full Bio]

Lin, Terri, Buddy Guy, Tom, and Marty (Photo by WXRT)

Happy Birthday Buddy Guy – Blues Breakers Tonight

Happy Birthday to this town’s number one blues-man, Buddy Guy, who makes 79 this Thursday. Yes, there will be a party for him at Legends and yes, he will be our Artist of the Week […]



Blues Breakers Playlist – Monday, July 20, 2015

This is all of what I play and much of what I say last night on Blues Breakers. Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers Artist of the Week: The Robert Cray Band July 20, 1215 Tom Marker’s […]



Robert Cray is Artist Of The Week, New Gary Clark, Jr., On Blues Breakers Tonight

From a new tribute to Muddy Waters album we’ll hear a Muddy song with Gary Clark, Jr. on guitar, Robert Cray will be our Artist of the Week, we’ll have a brand new release by […]


Pops with Willa at Chicago Blues Festival 2015 (Photo: Tom Marker)

Blues Breakers Playlist + The Future Looks Good

Another good Blues Breakers last night, in my humble opinion, but I’m very excited about the near future. Last week on Blues Breakers we played only Chicago artists and only from their most recent albums. […]


photo credit: Maria Ives

Buddy, B.B., Billy Boy, Shuggie And More Tonight On Blues Breakers

Join us tonight for new Buddy Guy, Wayne Baker Brooks (he’s in town), Shuggie Otis (he’s in town), Selwyn Birchwood (he’s in town), Billy Boy Arnold from his latest record, plus our Artist of the […]


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All Chicago, All Recent Blues Breakers Playlist

We had a great time last night playing nothing but Chicago artists on Blues Breakers and all from recent albums. Really an impressive list of recordings. Sorry about all the acts that deserved to be […]


Tom with Lurrie Bell in June 2015

All Chicago, All Recent On Blues Breakers Tonight

Proving without a doubt that Chicago remains the “World Capital of the Blues” we will be filling our program tonight with only Chicago artists and from their most recent albums. Big names and newcomers, too, […]


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Didja Hear It? Blues Breakers Playlist June 29

First of all,  don’t miss next week’s “Theme of the Week”: Chicago Style. All Chicago based artists, all from their most recent album releases. Last night we played the new song from Buddy Guy, our […]


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New Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, James Cotton On Blues Breakers Tonight

We have a brand new song from the forthcoming Buddy Guy album to play for you tonight on Blues Breakers. Our Artist of the Week is James Cotton who turns 80 years old on Wednesday. […]


Photo by Luther Dickinson

Shemekia Copeland Concert Announcement Plus, North Mississippi Allstars On Blues Breakers Tonight

Shemekia Copeland knocked ’em dead at the Blues Fest. Tonight we announce a 93XRT with Shemekia at a much beloved venue in town this fall. Now that the Chicago Blues Fest is behind us, we […]