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]

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Did You Hear The Johnny Winter Tribute On Blues Breakers? Playlist Here

This week we paid tribute to the great Johnny Winter with an hour of his music on Blues Breakers. Here’s what you heard. Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers for July 21, 2014 Dedicated to Johnny Winter [...]


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Johnny Winter – Blues Breakers Tonight

Hear Johnny Winter as recorded live in June of this year at Buddy Guy’s Legends. Blues Breakers will dedicated the hour to Johnny who died last week at the age of 70. He was one [...]


Johnny Winter at Reggie's Rock Club, Chicago, June 12, 2014. Photo by Tom Marker

Johnny Winter Dies At 70

Johnny Winter died yesterday, Wednesday, July 16, at his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland at the age of 70. The cause of death was not announced but he had seemed to be in very frail [...]


Lurrie Bell with your favorite DJ at Artis'.

Blues Breakers Playlist Is Right Here!

Hi. Looking for the Blues Breakers playlist from July 14, ’14? You’ve come to the right place. Our Artist of the Week was Lurrie Bell. I’ve attached a photo that was sent to me last [...]


Lurrie Bell with your favorite DJ at Artis'.

Lurrie Bell On Blues Breakers Tonight

Best known to XRT listeners as the guy who does the song, “I’ll Be Your 44.”  This year he won the Blues Award for Blues Album of the Year.  Get some Lurrie on Blues Breakers [...]


Mavis Staples at the Petrillo Bandshell on June 10, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

Mavis Staples – Blues Breakers Tonight

Mavis Staples will be the Artist of the Week tonight on Blues Breakers. Don’t miss new Tyrannosaurus Chicken and old Lucinda Williams. 9pm central on 93XRT in Chicagoland, streaming at and on your device [...]



American Music Festival – It’s On

FitzGerald’s 33rd Annual American Music Festival celebrates one of the best reasons to be proud to be an American: American Music. The Blasters said it like this: ” We got the Louisiana boogie and the [...]



A Stormy Monday Blues Breakers Playlist

Wow! That was indeed a stormy Monday. I hope you had a radio/device that was fully charged so you could listen to Blues Breakers last night even if your power went out. Either way, we [...]



Blues Breakers Tonight: Johnny Copeland Artist Of The Week

When Shemekia Copeland released her first album at the age of 19 back in the late nineties, she would invariably be introduced as the daughter of Johnny “Clyde” Copeland. I guessed at the time that [...]


Blues on the Fox, 2013. Photo by tm.

Blues Breakers Playlist – June 23, 2014

Our Artist of the Week last night was Jimmie Vaughan ahead of his appearance this weekend at the Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora. They’ve got a great line-up including Taj Mahal, Joe Louis [...]