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]

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.

05/17/2016

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.

05/16/2016

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.

05/10/2016

Blues Fest 2015 - Photo by Tom Marker

Stars Of Our Blues Fest Broadcast Announced Tonight – John Lee Hooker Artist Of The Week

Don’t miss the WXRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast for a live broadcast of performances by two of the fests biggest and most exciting stars. We’ll tell you who tonight on Blues Breakers. Plus, John Lee Hooker will be our Artist of the Week tonight.

05/09/2016

Photo by Tom Marker

Taj Mahal Artist Of The Week Tonight On Blues Breakers

Tonight on Blues Breakers hear something from the first new Sugar Blue album in five years. New Blues by Tom Waits, too. And Taj Mahal will be our Artist of the Week ahead of his two shows this week at the Old Town School.

04/11/2016

Chicago Blues Fest 2015. Photo by Tom Marker.

Blues Fest Announcement And Muddy Waters Feature – Blues Breakers Playlist – 4-4-16

Last night we announced the complete line-up for the 2016 Chicago Blues Fest Line-up. You can see that HERE. We also featured Muddy Waters on his birth date and threw in some new Chicago Blues, too.

04/05/2016

Blues Fest Kicks Off In Chicago

Complete 2016 Chicago Blues Festival Lineup

Several weeks ago, we revealed the headliners of this year’s Blues Fest. Tonight on Blues Breakers, we revealed the entire 2016 lineup.

04/04/2016

Toronzo Cannon leaves the stage to enter the crowd at the 2015 Chicago Blues Fest. Photo by Tom Marker.

Here Comes Blues Fest! – Complete Line-up Revealed Tonight Exclusively On Blues Breakers

First of all, Happy Muddy Waters birthday. Muddy, the Father of Chicago Blues, was born on this date in 1913. To celebrate we’ll play a bunch of his songs tonight. But also be listening for the first announcement of the entire line-up of the upcoming, 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival happening in Grant Park, downtown Chicago.

04/04/2016

Blues Fest Kicks Off In Chicago

Muddy Waters Feature Plus Entire Line-Up For 2016 Chicago Blues Festival First Announce

See new photos of two of Muddy Waters homes plus learn about our exclusive announcement of the entire line-up of the 2016 Chicago Blues Festival. Muddy will be our Artist of the Week on Blues Breakers Monday evening at 9:00 pm.

04/03/2016

Dave Specter at Rosa's Lounge, August 2014

Blues Breakers Playlist – Dave Specter Artist Of The Week – March 28, 2016

Don’t miss Blues Breakers next week when we will announce the complete line-up of the 2016 Chicago Blues Festival AND feature Muddy Waters on his birthday. Last night on Blues Breakers we had new blues by Ben Harper, Corey Dennison and Toronzo Cannon.

03/29/2016

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