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]

The stage at Rosa's Lounge. Photo by Tony Mangiullo.

Blues Breakers Tribute To B.B. King

On Monday, May 18, we aired a two hour Blues Breakers special, a tribute to B.B. King. Contributing comments came from blues guitarists and band leaders Donald Kinsey, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Wayne Baker Brooks, Toronzo […]


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Blues Breakers Playlist With Info Plus Complete Chicago Blues Festival Line-Up

Last night on Blues Breakers (5-11-15) our Artist of the Week was Taj Mahal and we went back, way back and not so far back for a few songs. Don’t miss Taj on the Saturday […]


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Taj Mahal On Blues Breakers Tonight

Taj Mahal! He plays guitar, banjo, piano, harmonica and more. His music is mostly Blues but sometimes it’s Caribbean, African, Hawaiian or something else entirely. He will be one of the stars of the big […]


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Celebrate Robert Johnson’s Birthday With Blues Breakers Tonight

We’ll have a song from Buddy Guy with B.B. King and one from B.’s first album. We’ll pay tribute to Robert Johnson as his birthday approaches with a few songs from Robert and a few […]


Otis Clay

Good Blues Breakers Last Night. Otis x 3. Plus, Blues Fest Line-up. Here’s The Playlist.

Otis Rush, about to make 80, was our Artist of the Week, plus we had a brand new song from Chicago’s #1 Soulman Otis Clay with Billy Price and a track from a new record […]


Tom Marker with Otis Clay

Otis, Otis And Otis! Three Otis’s On Blues Breakers Tonight

Otis Rush turns 80 this week and we’ll have very new Blues from both Otis Taylor with Anne Harris and Warren Haynes and Otis Clay with Billy Price. One of the all time greats of […]


Albert King

What Was That I Heard On Blues Breakers? Playlist Here

New Blues by Chicagoans last night included Mavis Staples, Sam Cockrell, The Cash Box Kings. We heard our weekly B.B. and more. It’s right here.   Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers For Monday, April 20, 2015 […]



Albert King On Blues Breakers Tonight

New Blues and related stuff from Chicago tonight on Blues Breakers includes Mavis Staples and Sam Cockrell and we’ll also play some Blues from Chicagoans Ronnie Baker Brooks, Jimmy Johnson and Jimmy Burns as they […]


Live at Lagunitas

Free Live Blues On A Rainy Sunday In Chicago

Yesterday was a Sunday of daytime blues. We started out at River Roast​ along the Chicago River downtown. They have a Blues & Brews Brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday the live Blues was provided […]


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New Mavis Song, Larry McCray Artist Of The Week On Blues Breakers Tonight

A new four song EP by Mavis Staples will be released next Tuesday but you can hear a song from it tonight on Blues Breakers. Our Artist of the Week is Michigan Blues guitarist/singer Larry […]