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]


Blues Breakers Playlist – Sugar Blue And More

Sugar Blue was our Artist of the Week last night but there was plenty more. See below and thanks for listening! Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers Artist of the Week: Sugar Blue August 31, 2015 Tom […]



New Chicago Blues On Blues Breakers Tonight Plus Sugar Blue

Tonight on Blues Breakers our Artist of the Week is Sugar Blue. Sugar’s harmonica playing features a technically dazzling style that is yet always expressive and soulful. We’ll hear a few songs by him. And […]



John Lee Hooker – Artist Of The Week On Blues Breakers Tonight

John Lee Hooker was born 98 years and 2 days ago in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He became one of the biggest blues stars ever. Join us as we feature the man known as the King of […]



Blues Breakers Playlist – Monday, August 17, 2015

The late, great Luther Allison was our Artist of the Week, we played new blues by Buddy Guy and Shemekia Copeland and a few blues artists that will be performing in town this week. It’s […]



New Buddy Guy, New Shemekia Copeland On Blues Breakers Tonight

One of Chicago’s greatest blues acts was Luther Allison. Luther was born on this date in 1939, 76 years ago, in Arkansas. He moved with his family to Chicago in 1951. He died in Madison, […]


Shemekia Copeland (photo: Zack Nechvatal)

Shemekia Copeland World Premier – Blues Breakers Playlist 8-10-15

Shemekia Copeland’s new album, Outskirts of Love will be released on September 11, but Blues Breakers listeners got a first chance to hear a few songs last night. We played the title track, a song with […]



Shemekia Copeland: World Premiere On Blues Breakers

Tonight on Blues Breakers will be the first chance anywhere to hear the brand new album by Shemekia Copeland, Outskirts of Love. Shemekia is crowned blues royalty and has returned to her Chicago based label, […]



Blues Breakers Tonight At 9: Magic Slim Artist Of The Week

Tonight we honor a man who was a mainstay of the Chicago blues scene for decades. Born Morris Holt, Magic Slim was born in August in 1937 and will be our Artist of the Week […]


Lin, Terri, Buddy Guy, Tom, and Marty (Photo by WXRT)

Happy Birthday Buddy Guy – Blues Breakers Tonight

Happy Birthday to this town’s number one blues-man, Buddy Guy, who makes 79 this Thursday. Yes, there will be a party for him at Legends and yes, he will be our Artist of the Week […]



Blues Breakers Playlist – Monday, July 20, 2015

This is all of what I play and much of what I say last night on Blues Breakers. Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers Artist of the Week: The Robert Cray Band July 20, 1215 Tom Marker’s […]