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]

Albert King

What Was That I Heard On Blues Breakers? Playlist Here

New Blues by Chicagoans last night included Mavis Staples, Sam Cockrell, The Cash Box Kings. We heard our weekly B.B. and more. It’s right here.   Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers For Monday, April 20, 2015 […]



Albert King On Blues Breakers Tonight

New Blues and related stuff from Chicago tonight on Blues Breakers includes Mavis Staples and Sam Cockrell and we’ll also play some Blues from Chicagoans Ronnie Baker Brooks, Jimmy Johnson and Jimmy Burns as they […]


Live at Lagunitas

Free Live Blues On A Rainy Sunday In Chicago

Yesterday was a Sunday of daytime blues. We started out at River Roast​ along the Chicago River downtown. They have a Blues & Brews Brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday the live Blues was provided […]


The 47th Annual Grammy Awards - Pressroom

New Mavis Song, Larry McCray Artist Of The Week On Blues Breakers Tonight

A new four song EP by Mavis Staples will be released next Tuesday but you can hear a song from it tonight on Blues Breakers. Our Artist of the Week is Michigan Blues guitarist/singer Larry […]



Blues Breakers Playlist With Notes & Blues Fest Line-Up

Hound Dog Taylor was the Artist of the Week. Sam Lay in honored with a send-off and a film this week. We heard a newly unearthed recording from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (no relation). And more!  […]



Hound Dog Taylor On Blues Breakers Tonight, Blues Fest Line-Up

Tonight on Blues Breakers you’ll hear a recently unearthed, never before released live recording by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with the line-up that went on to become Fleetwood Mac. We’ll play a B.B. King song like […]


Muddy Waters

All Muddy On Blues Breakers Last Night – Playlist And Blues Fest Line-Up Here

First of all, as we revealed a earlier, HERE is the link to the complete line-up of the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival. You’ll notice that the closing event on Sunday evening is a tribute to […]



All Muddy Waters On Blues Breakers Tonight

This Saturday we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Muddy Waters birth. In recent years there has been some evidence that the date that has been recognized as the day Muddy was born was not correct. […]



Blues Fest Line-Up And Blues Breakers Playlist

Last night on Blues Breakers our Artist of the Week was the “King of the Slide Guitar,” Elmore James. Plus, we announced the complete line-up of the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival. Find the fest info […]


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2015 Chicago Blues Fest – Complete Lineup

This evening we announced on Blues Breakers the complete line-up for the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival set for June 12 through June 14 in Grant Park, Chicago’s front yard. It’s a free festival, in […]