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]

Email to Tom Marker from Mavis on 7-4-16 just before Blues Breakers program

Blues Breakers Playlist – Mavis Feature – July 4, 2016

I understand that even the most loyal listeners of Blues Breakers have to miss a show now and then, especially on a major holiday. If this happened to you this week and you’d like to know what we played, you’re in the right place. Here’s the playlist with notes.


Mavis Staples

The Blues Takes No Holiday

On Blues Breakers tonight our Artist of the Week is Miss Mavis Staples! Let’s celebrate Mavis’ upcoming July 10 birthday and it was just announced that she will be awarded one of this years Kennedy Center Honors. Blues Breakers tonight from 9p-10p on 93XRT.


Photo by Paul Natkin - Photo Reserve, Inc -

Mr. Superharp Himself Tonight On Blues Breakers

James Cotton, one of the best and most famous of the Chicago Blues harmonica players ever and the man who replaced Little Walter in the Muddy Waters Band will be the Artist Of The Week tonight on Blues Breakers.


Photo by Ed Careff

A Blues King On Blues Breakers Tonight

He’s known to many as a Texas blues man, but he grew up and formed his sound on the West Side of Chicago. Freddie King will be our Artist of the Week tonight on Blues Breakers.


Blues Fest photo by Tom Marker (How come Paul Natkin shows up in so many of my pictures?)

Blues Fest Preview On Blues Breakers Tonight!

It’s Blues Week in Chicago. The World’s Largest Free Blues Festival is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Grant Park. The WXRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast live from Buddy Guy’s Legends starring Shemekia Copeland with Toronzo Cannon and very special guest Buddy Guy is this Thursday. Come on down and get you some!


Lurrie Bell's Chicago Blues Band. Photo by Tom Marker

Blues Fest! After Parties And Side Shows

Blues Fest isn’t until next weekend, Friday through Sunday, June 10-12. But Blues Fest week begins Monday with Blues Breakers on ‘XRT at 9pm. There is so much happening please let us point some things out. First of all, the Blues Fest line-up itself.


Shemekia Copeland - photo by Amy Brat

Blues Breakers Playlist – Shemekia Copeland Artist Of The Week

Shemekia Copeland stars in our WXRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast on Thursday, June 9, and is the headliner the next day at the Chicago Blues Festival. Last night she was our Artist of the Week on Blues Breakers.


Photo by Tom Marker

Etta James Artist Of The Week – Last Night’s Blues Breakers Playlist

Along with Etta we played a song from a forthcoming record by a man who had his first hit in 1961. Plus, link to the complete Blues Fest line-up.


Etta James at Muscle Shoals Studio, 1967 (House Of Fame Llc/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Etta James Featured Artist On Blues Breakers Tonight

Etta James is one of the all time greatest blues singers, and she’ll be our Artist of the Week tonight on Blues Breakers. We’ll hear a recording she made in 1966 and a song from her final album from 2011, and a couple from in between.


Shemekia Copeland with Buddy Guy at Legends. Photo by Tom Marker.

Stars Of The Blues Fest Broadcast Announced, Blues Breakers Playlist

Last night on Blues Breakers we announced the stars of the annual WXRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast. Plus, we played some blues records by our Artist of the Week, John Lee Hooker and others. It’s all here.



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