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]


Blues Breakers Playlist 11-24-14

This was our annual Blues Breakers pre-Thanksgiving guide to live Blues in the Chicago area. See what you heard and see where they’re playing on our playlist with links. Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers for 11/24/14 The […]


Lurrie Bell with Tom Marker

Thanksgiving Week Guide To Live Blues – Tonight On Blues Breakers

Tonight you’ll hear Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lurrie Bell, Lil’ Ed, Larry McCray and many more because they’re all in town this week. Tonight’s the night for our annual Thanksgiving week guide to live blues in […]


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

Elmore James, New Mavis Staples, Live John Hiatt on Blues Breakers Tonight At Nine

Two of our all-time favorite recording/performing artists will be at three of our favorite venues this week and will be heard on Blues Breakers tonight; Mavis Staples and John Hiatt. Plus, our Artist of the […]


Rosa's Outside

And The Winner Is: Rosa’s Lounge!

Every year about this time the most prestigious awards in blues are announced, the KBA’s, The Keeping the Blues Alive Awards. Handed out to organizations, institutions and individuals in America, Europe and beyond by the […]


Hubert Sumlin and Tom Marker, Blues Fest 2010.

Blues Breakers Playlist From Monday

This was a fun Blues Breakers show this week. The old Howlin’ Wolf songs that featured Hubert Sumlin, our Artist of the Week, sounded great. I’m crazy about Otis Clay and Dave Specter and that […]


The Experience Hendrix Tour Presented By Gibson Guitar

Hubert Sumlin Artist Of The Week Tonight On Blues Breakers

We still hear the influence of the Chicago Blues of the Fifties everyday in popular music. There seems like there weren’t as many people familiar with the Chicago greats of those days at that time […]



Looking For Blues Breakers Playlist With Notes And Links? You’re Getting Warmer

Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers for November 3, 2014 Artist of the Week: Magic Sam   JOHN LEE HOOKER with BONNIE RAITT – I’M IN THE MOOD Happy Birthday to Bonnie who makes 66 this Saturday. […]



Magic Sam on Blues Breakers Tonight At 9p

The great West Side Chicago bluesman Magic Sam will be our featured artist tonight on Blues Breakers. His career was cut short by his untimely death and he didn’t leave behind many studio recordings, but […]


Frank Orrall sings Lou Reed at Marie's

Lou Reed Tribute With Frank Orrall

This week we passed the one year anniversary of the passing of Lou Reed. That motivated famous club and party DJ and former Bucket of Suds regular Joe Bryl to jump into action and host […]


Jimmy Johnson

Blues Breakers Playlist – From Sweet To Scary

Our Artist of the Week on Blues Breakers was Chicago’s Jimmy Johnson. His beautiful high lonesome voice? That was our pre-Halloween treat. On the scary side we began with a live version of the Screamin’ […]




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