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]

Little Walter

What Was That On Blues Breakers? Playlist Here

Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers for October 13, 2014 Artist of the Week: Little Walter LITTLE WALTER – JUKE Recorded in Chicago in 1952 with Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers on guitar. LITTLE WALTER – CRAZY [...]


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Buddy Guy Announces Annual January Residency At Legends

Buddy Guy has made it an annual tradition to take up shop at his club Legends for a January residency. This year will be no exception as we just announced on Blues Breakers Buddy Guy’s January residency at Legends.


Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010 - Day 2

January Buddy Shows Announced on Blues Breakers Tonight

Little Walter will be our Artist of the Week, there will be new blues by Dr. John with Shemekia Copeland, and we will be announcing the dates of the “Buddy Shows.” Again in 2015 the [...]


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New Mavis, New Gary Clark Jr, North Mississippi Allstars Artist Of The Week: Blues Breakers Tonight

Tom Marker here in the blues cave putting together tonight’s show. We have a new song by Mavis Staples with our Artist of the Week the North Mississippi Allstars from a new soundtrack recording, a [...]


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B.B. King Falls Ill Onstage In Chicago Friday

B.B. King was back in Chicago this past Friday night for a show at The House of Blues. A statement on his web site said, “Mr. King fell ill last night, Oct 3 2014 during [...]


Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues with Ralph Kinsey on drums and Donald Kinsey on guitar and vocals 10-4-2014

Another Don’t Miss Blues Event Tonight

An all-star benefit/memorial tonight at Rosa’s.  Nick Charles, long-time bass player for Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues passed away this year. Nick had a LOT of friends in the Chicago blues scene. Everyone [...]



Big Soul/Blues Double Header In Hyde Park Today

A jam packed two hour program of blues with enough talent for a daylong blues festival and an appearance at a beautiful new venue by Chicago’s #1 Soul Man both in Hyde Park today. Hyde [...]



New Mavis, Otis Clay, Billy Boy Arnold On Blues Breakers: Playlist Here

Some great blues and soul happening in Chicago this weekend and some exciting new records. We played the music last night on Blues Breakers and have now posted the playlist with plenty of notes right [...]


Fenton Robinson, Artist of the Week

Fenton Robinson, New Mavis, New Billy Boy On Blues Breakers Tonight

The “Mellow Blues Genius,” Fenton Robinson will be our Artist of the Week. We’ll have a brand new, old Pops Staples song by Mavis Staples and Luther Dickinson. We’ll have a brand new song from [...]



The Queen Ruled On Blues Breakers Last Night (Playlist Here)

We played a bunch of blues from Koko Taylor last night on Blues Breakers as we always do when the anniversary of her birth approaches. We also played some new records and mentioned a couple [...]




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