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]


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 [...]



Koko Taylor! The Queen Of The Blues On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight on Blues Breakers Koko Taylor will be our Artist of the Week. Plus, we’ll have an exciting concert announcement about a young lady who these days has been called the queen. And new blues [...]


B.B. King In Concert At B.B. King's Blues Club At The Mirage

Happy Birthday BB! Blues Breakers Playlist From 9-15-14

B.B. King was our Artist of the Week, as he always is right around his birthday, but we also had some very new releases by Gary Clark, Jr., Marcia Ball, Otis Clay and Liz Mandeville, [...]


B.B. King In Concert At B.B. King's Blues Club At The Mirage

B.B. King And Lots Of New Blues Tonight

New Blues tonight by Gary Clark, Jr., Marcia Ball, Otis Clay and Liz Mandeville. And our Artist of the Week is B.B. King!  How’s that for an action packed hour of the blues? B.B. celebrates [...]


Jimmy Reed

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

Jimmy Reed was our Artist of the Week so we heard a few of his songs. We played something from the brand new release by Johnny Winter with Ben Harper as guest artist. And, as [...]


Jimmy Reed

Old Jimmy Reed, New Johnny Winter On Blues Breakers Tonight

Our Artist of the Week tonight will be Jimmy Reed in honor of the anniversary of his birth on September 6, 1925 in Mississippi. Jimmy died young at the age of 50 but had more [...]


Little Milton

Who Heard Blues Breakers Last Night? Playlist With Notes

I hope you didn’t get confused by the Monday holiday and miss Blues Breakers last night because it was a good one. Giles Corey is having an album release party this Friday at Rosa’s so [...]


Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch

Only In Chicago – A Night To Remember

This past Sunday evening was a most incredible night of blues here in the Blues Capital of the World. An event of near historic significance. A gathering of many of the very best blues musicians [...]




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