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]


Funky, Soul Bluesman Johnny “Guitar” Watson On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight on Blues Breakers you’ll hear from 5 great blues acts that are performing in town this week, the latest from Buddy Guy, a new track from an all-star tribute to Muddy Waters and at […]

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Jimmy Johnson with TM

Blues Breakers Guide To Live Thanksgiving Week Blues In Chicago

Here’s the playlist from this week’s Blues Breakers guide to live blues in Chicago during this Thanksgiving week. If you are entertaining out-of-town friends or relatives this week what better way to show off our […]


Marty Sammon with Buddy Guy at Buddy Guy's Legends

Blues Breakers Guide To Live Blues In Chicago

It’s Thanksgiving week. Maybe you have out-of-town guests coming by. Maybe they want to see something uniquely Chicago while their here. Well, take them out to see some live, local blues. We’ve got lots of […]


Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top stagecoach festival

Blues Breakers Playlist

This week on Blues Breakers we played an old blues classic that appears on a very new solo record by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. We followed it with a new song from Buddy Guy’s […]


Elmore James

Elmore James: The King Of The Slide Guitar On Blues Breakers Tonight

Elmore James is the single most influential slide guitar player. His signature guitar lick begins maybe a million or so different blues songs. Probably the reason that he isn’t as well known in Chicago blues […]


(Photo: Marty Rosenbaum/WXRT)

Blues Breakers Playlist

Here it is, day one AT, after Toussaint. I was so shocked to hear the news this morning about the sudden death of Allen Toussaint last night in Spain that I can hardly remember what […]



The Bar Room Preacher On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight hear new Buddy Guy (in town this weekend), new Shemekia Copeland (XRT holiday show coming up), exciting new Chicago up-and-comer Omar Coleman (playing in town this weekend) and new music from Gary Clark, Jr. […]


Gary Clark Jr. (Rick Kern/Getty Images)

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

Gary Clark, Jr. was our Artist of the week, we had very new music from Nikki Hill and info about her Chicago appearance this weekend, Shemekia Copeland joining John Primer for a tribute to Muddy […]


(Photo By: Christine Newsom/93XRT)

Gary Clark, Jr. Artist Of The Week On Blues Breakers Tonight

With the release of his new record, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim, Gary Clark, Jr. now makes his debut as the Artist of the Week on Blues Breakers tonight. He is a new voice […]


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 […]


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