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]


Big Bill Broonzy, New Pops Staples, Billy Boy Arnold, New Steve Earle On Blues Breakers

Another fun night on Blues Breakers last night. Here’s the playlist with notes.   Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers February 23, 2015 Artist of the Week: Big Bill Broonzy Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers airs every Monday […]


Pops Staples

Before Muddy Waters There Was Big Bill Broonzy

Tonight on Blues Breakers (9p-10p) our Artist of the Week will be Big Bill Broonzy, a star of the Chicago Blues scene in the 30’s and 40’s. We’ll include some of his early recordings as […]



Lundi Gras Blues Breakers Playlist

We began our Mardi Gras celebration with a live stream of a performance by the New Orleans Suspects from the Blues Cross/Blues Shield Performance Stage. (You can view that stream all day today at […]


Muddy Water's House a few years ago

Blues Museum In Chicago? Muddy’s House? Blues Breakers Playlist For Feb. 9, 2015

We had some cool new records to play on Blues Breakers tonight, and some Chicago Blues news. Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers Artist of the Week: Charlie Musselwhite Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers airs every Monday from […]


Charlie Musselwhite

Things To Play, Things To Say On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight we’ll have new music recorded by Pops Staples and Steve Earle (!), Charlie Musselwhite will be the Artist of the Week, and we’ll have a few things to say, too. In the news today […]



Join Me Today For A Live Stream Of The New Orleans Suspects

Fans of New Orleans music! Join me today for a live stream of The New Orleans Suspects on The best New Orleans musicians that you don’t recognize even though you may have seen them dozens of times. These players will be performing today on the XRT Blues Cross-Blue Shield performance stage and we will stream it live.


Ronnie at Artis'.

Blues Breakers Tonight: Ronnie Baker Brooks Live

Tonight we’ll have the first announcement of some of the headliners of the Chicago Blues Festival on Blues Breakers. Plus, our longtime friend and one of the stars of the Chicago Blues scene, Ronnie Baker […]


Bobby "Blue" Bland

Blues Breakers Playlist, Monday, January 26, 2015

First of all, let me say how much I’m looking forward to this coming Monday when Ronnie Baker Brooks will be live in the studio. We hope to hear a couple of songs live, a […]


Bobby "Blue" Bland

Bobby “Blue” Bland Featured On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight we honor the memory of one of the best and most recognized of all blues vocalists, Bobby “Blue” Bland. He was born January 27, 1930. Bobby passed away at the age of 83 just […]



Thanks For Listening To Blues Breakers Last Night – Here’s What You Heard

Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers, January 19, 2015  Blues Breakers airs every Monday from 9p-10p on WXRT, Chicago’s Finest Rock Artist of the Week: Albert Collins   ALBERT COLLINS – I AIN’T DRUNK From the 1986 […]




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