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, Blues Fest, Blues Broadcast

Below you will find the playlist from last night’s Blues Breakers and a link to the complete line-up for the Chicago Blues Festival. We’re getting close to being able to announce the artists for the [...]


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Hound Dog Taylor Howls On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight our artist of the week on Blues Breakers at 9pm CDT is the house rockin’, 11 fingered Maxwell Street Chicago bluesman, Hound Dog Taylor. Along with the Dog we’ll hear “Maxwell Street Blues” from [...]


Dan Carelli, Billy Branch & Tom Marker in the XRT air studio. Photo by Mark Nielsen.

Blues Breakers Playlist – April 7, 2014

The playlist is a little bit short this week as we had Billy Branch and Dan Carelli live in the studio to talk about the Sons Of Blues new record and perform a couple of [...]


Billy Branch and Tom Marker at Blues Fest, 2011.

Billy Branch, Live, On Blues Breakers Tonight

First of all a reminder that you can find the entire line-up of the upcoming Chicago Blues Festival at  Our Artist of the Week on Blues Breakers tonight is the top blues harmonica player [...]


Alejandro gets up close. Camera phone photo by TM

Alejandro Escovedo Rocks FitzGerald’s!

This is why I go to so many live music shows, I’m just waiting for one this good to come along. This was a rare and wonderful night. Alejandro Escovedo might do an acoustic show [...]


Where's Paul Natkin? Photo by TM

Blues Breakers Playlist Plus Link To Blues Fest Line-up

Last night on Blues Breakers our Artist of the Week was Muddy Waters. Muddy would have been turning 100 this Friday. Or maybe 99, or maybe 101. All sources agree that Muddy aka McKinley Morganfield [...]


Photo by TM

2014 Chicago Blues Fest – Complete Line-up

On March 31st we announced on Blues Breakers the complete line-up for the 31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival set for June 13 through June 15 in Grant Park, Chicago’s front yard. It’s a free festival, [...]


Photo by TM

Blues Fest Line-Up Announced And Muddy Waters Feature On Blues Breakers Tonight

Another must-hear Blues Breakers tonight. We’ll be announcing the complete line-up of the Chicago Blues Festival tonight. Enter June 12-15 in your calendars now. Thursday, June 12, is the date for the annual Blues Breakers [...]


image via Tom Marker

Shemekia On Blues Breakers – Playlist – March 24, 2014

Join us next week on Blues Breakers when we make the first announcement of the complete line-up of the Chicago Blues Festival 2014, and pay tribute to Muddy Waters as his birthday approaches. Last night [...]


image via Tom Marker

Shemekia Copeland Stars On Blues Breakers Tonight

I’m happy to say that Shemekia Copeland will be the Artist of the Week tonight on Blues Breakers just ahead of her XRT Show this Saturday at City Winery. Hear some very contemporary blues and [...]