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]

Otis Clay in 2012. (Brandon Dill/AP)

Otis Clay Benefit Concert and Tribute Recording World Premiere

Join us on Blues Breakers this Monday at 9pm for the world premiere of a new song recorded in tribute to Otis Clay. The release of this song will be paired with a live performance benefit on December 1st at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston. Tickets are now on sale with proceeds from the show and sale of the recording going to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

09/16/2016

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

B.B. King Featured On Blues Breakers Tonight

We’re getting close to the date of B.B. King’s birth. He was born outside of Indianola, Mississippi on September 16, 1925. We’ll hear more than a few from B. tonight on Blues Breakers. Join us beginning at 9pm.

09/12/2016

Photo by Lemmy Carmine, bluesontheroad.nl

Blues Breakers Playlist With Notes

Last night we played blues from some great new records and featured Chicagolander Nick Moss on Blues Breakers. You can see what we played and what we talked about here.

08/30/2016

Photo by Mark Goodman.

Blues Breakers Tonight With Chicago’s Nick Moss

Freddie King, new Bobby Rush featuring Joe Bonamassa, new Ronnie Earl eleven minute tribute to Otis Rush and Nick Moss debuts as Artist Of The Week. All tonight on Blues Breakers.

08/29/2016

LOS ANGELES, CA  - APRIL 2: B.B. King, Willie Dixon and John Lee Hooker at the Sunset Marquis Hotel on April 2, 1991 in Los Angeles, Ca.  (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Blues Breakers Playlist With Notes – John Lee Hooker – August 22, 2016

Last night on Blues Breakers we celebrated the 99th anniversary of the birth of John Lee Hooker with The Hook as our Artist Of The Week.

08/23/2016

Elizabeth Chaumette, Getty Images

Blues Breakers Tonight – Happy “Birthday” John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker was born 99 years ago today in Tutwiler, Mississippi. When he left the South during the Great Migration John Lee landed in Detroit where he worked for the Ford Motor Company, but he recorded many of her best early records on S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago for Vee-Jay Records.

08/22/2016

Album cover photo of Luther Allison by Philippe Pierangell

Luther Allison And More On Blues Breakers Last Night: Playlist With Notes

It was a big night for Chicago blues on Blues Breakers last night as our Artist of the Week was a Chicago blues legend and we played very new blues from three Chicago artists.

08/16/2016

Album cover photo of Luther Allison taken by Steve Cooke

Guitar Hero Featured On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight on Blues Breakers we honor Chicago blues legend Luther Allison. Luther was born in August on the 17th in 1939 and died in August on the 12th in 1997. And we’ll hear from locals Lurrie Bell, Joanna Connor and Matthew Skoller from very new records.

08/15/2016

Photo by Tim Holek

What’s That I Heard? – Blues Breakers Playlist With Notes

Last night our Artist of the Week was the “Human Jukebox,” Magic Slim. We played a few from Slim plus recent blues from Chicago artists who have gigs in town this week, a brand new song from a forthcoming release by Bobby Rush, and more! See it all right here along with notes including some of this week’s appearances.

08/02/2016

Photo by Erich Schrempp

Buddy Guy’s Birth-Week – All Buddy Last Night On Blues Breakers – Playlist

That was a lot of fun and a lot of great blues last night. We played only Buddy Guy as our way of honoring the biggest blues star in the world and our hometown hero on the week he makes 80! Check out what we played here. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!

07/26/2016

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