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]

Mavis Staples at the Petrillo Bandshell on June 10, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

Mavis Staples – Blues Breakers Tonight

Mavis Staples will be the Artist of the Week tonight on Blues Breakers. Don’t miss new Tyrannosaurus Chicken and old Lucinda Williams. 9pm central on 93XRT in Chicagoland, streaming at and on your device [...]



American Music Festival – It’s On

FitzGerald’s 33rd Annual American Music Festival celebrates one of the best reasons to be proud to be an American: American Music. The Blasters said it like this: ” We got the Louisiana boogie and the [...]



A Stormy Monday Blues Breakers Playlist

Wow! That was indeed a stormy Monday. I hope you had a radio/device that was fully charged so you could listen to Blues Breakers last night even if your power went out. Either way, we [...]



Blues Breakers Tonight: Johnny Copeland Artist Of The Week

When Shemekia Copeland released her first album at the age of 19 back in the late nineties, she would invariably be introduced as the daughter of Johnny “Clyde” Copeland. I guessed at the time that [...]


Blues on the Fox, 2013. Photo by tm.

Blues Breakers Playlist – June 23, 2014

Our Artist of the Week last night was Jimmie Vaughan ahead of his appearance this weekend at the Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora. They’ve got a great line-up including Taj Mahal, Joe Louis [...]



Jimmie Vaughan – In Chicagoland This Week, Artist Of The Week On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight we’re getting pumped up about the 18th Annual Blues on the Fox Festival. Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Joe Louis Walker and more will be appearing along the shores of the Fox River in Downtown [...]


Shemekia Copeland, Billy Branch, Nikki Hill. Blues Fest 2014. Photo by Rosa Enrico.

Blues Breakers Playlist, Monday 6-16-14

This week we talked a bit about the Chicago Blues Fest and played a few songs by artists who appeared there including one from the new record by Bob Stroger and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith. [...]


(image via Tom Marker / WXRT)

Lagunitas Brewery And Tap Room: Welcome To Chicago

Today was ribbon cutting day at the Lagunitas Tap Room at 1843 S. Washtenaw. I know, get out the GPS. No it’s not Pilsen, but it’s just west of there. Maybe it’s in Douglas Park. [...]


Billy Branch, your favorite DJ, Aaron Neville. Photo by Nunu.

Blues Breakers Tonight! 9pm! Howlin’ Wolf!

It’s me Tom Marker. Rested up from a crazy fun week of blues. From Ronnie Baker Brooks on Tuesday evening to Dave Specter on Wednesday to Johnny Winter on Thursday to the Chicago Blues Festival [...]


Johnny Winter, Feb. 2014. Camera phone photo by tm.

Blues Week, Thursday: Johnny Winter And Way More!

Johnny Winter TORE THE PLACE UP when he played a sold out show at Buddy Guy’s Legends this past winter. Tonight he’s back in town to play as part of our 17th annual XRT Blues [...]