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]

There's Billy! White hat, purple jacket. Photo by tm.

Blues Breakers Playlist – October 5, 2015

Billy Branch just celebrated his birthday over this past weekend, and he’ll be celebrating with a big show this Friday, too. We celebrated by making him our Artist of the Week last night on Blues […]


Billy Branch with Ronnie Baker Brooks. Photo by tm.

Billy Branch On Blues Breakers Tonight!

Happy Birthday to Billy Branch. Chicago’s top blues harp man just had a birthday. We’re celebrating by having him as the Artist of the Week tonight on Blues Breakers he’s celebrating with a bash on […]



Blues Breakers Playlist 9-28-15

Koko Taylor was our Artist of the Week last night. The rest of the show was mostly new releases. In other words, another fun Blues Breakers. Photo shows Koko Taylor, Terri Hemmert (trying to hold […]


Tom & Buddy, August 2015. Photo by Marty Rosenbaum.

Lots Of New Blues On Blues Breakers Tonight

Koko Taylor, The Queen of the Blues, was born 87 years ago today. Yes! She is our Artist of the Week tonight on Blues Breakers. But we also have a wealth of new blues releases. […]



Blues Breakers Playlist – Monday, September 21, 2015

We began with Muddy from one of his best records. Following was a moving song not yet released by Chicago artist, Melody Angel. Melody sings from the perspective of a could-be mother fretting over the […]



Blues Breakers Tonight!

Tonight hear a not-yet-released song from an inspiring young Chicago Blues talent, new Gary Clark, Jr., new Shemekia Copeland (she’s in town this week) and new Buddy Guy. (By the way, you can hear the […]


Omar Coleman returns to Rosa's Lounge to finish recording for a new live album tonight. Photo by tm.

Blues Boy And Billy Boy On Blues Breakers Last Night

Both B.B. King and Billy Boy Arnold were born on September 16. B.B. would have been turning 90 tomorrow, Billy Boy Arnold (no relation to Ryan Arnold) will make 80 tomorrow. You heard both very […]


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B.B. On Blues Breakers

We thought we would be celebrating B.B. King’s 90th birthday this Wednesday but he didn’t quite make it. B.B. passed away this spring at the age of 89, but he sure left us with a […]



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 […]