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]

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. […]


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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 […]


Muddy Waters on 3/17/77 in Chicago,Il. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage) Thanks to Paul Natkin, a great Blues fan, a great storyteller,always at the Blues Fest and a member of the Blues Fest Advisory Committee for use of this photo.

Muddy Day Today At Blues Fest

Muddy Waters, that is. Don’t miss the centennial tributes to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Sure, it rained all night, but the forecast says not likely today. So wear old shoes and let’s go! And […]



Blues Fest Saturday: BUDDY, SHEMEKIA, TORONZO!

The headliners: Toronzo Cannon at 5:30, Shemekia Copeland at 6:30, and Buddy Guy at 8:05. What a line-up. Big entertainment tonight on the big stage. But go to the Blues Fest NOW. Catch the beginning […]


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Shemekia Copeland, Dave Specter, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Clay, Today, Drop In Or Tune In

At 6:00pm today join us for the 18th Annual WXRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast Live From Legends. Drop in, there’s no cover. Tune in, live on the air on 93XRT. This is our annual […]



Blues Breakers Blues Fest Preview Playlist

See who we played last night. See who’s playing at the big gig this weekend.   Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers June 8, 2015 Chicago Blues Festival Preview Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers airs every Monday from […]


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Blues Fest Preview Tonight On Blues Breakers

Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Clarence Carter and so many more Blues acts from near are far are playing the Chicago Blues Festival beginning in just a few days! Join us for our annual Blues Fest […]


Shemekia Copeland (photo: Zack Nechvatal)

Shemekia Copeland Added To Chicago Blues Fest As Taj Mahal Cancels

Blues/Soul/Americana singing sensation Shemekia Copeland has just been added to the Saturday night line-up of the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Grant Park. Shemekia will be taking the slot that […]