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]

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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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!



All Buddy, All Blues Breakers Tonight!

Happy Birthday, Buddy! Buddy Guy makes 80 this Saturday. Join us as we play Buddy Guy old and new, well known and lesser known, for an hour tonight. 9pm on Blues Breakers.


Email to Tom Marker from Mavis on 7-4-16 just before Blues Breakers program

Blues Breakers Playlist – Mavis Feature – July 4, 2016

I understand that even the most loyal listeners of Blues Breakers have to miss a show now and then, especially on a major holiday. If this happened to you this week and you’d like to know what we played, you’re in the right place. Here’s the playlist with notes.


Mavis Staples

The Blues Takes No Holiday

On Blues Breakers tonight our Artist of the Week is Miss Mavis Staples! Let’s celebrate Mavis’ upcoming July 10 birthday and it was just announced that she will be awarded one of this years Kennedy Center Honors. Blues Breakers tonight from 9p-10p on 93XRT.


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Mr. Superharp Himself Tonight On Blues Breakers

James Cotton, one of the best and most famous of the Chicago Blues harmonica players ever and the man who replaced Little Walter in the Muddy Waters Band will be the Artist Of The Week tonight on Blues Breakers.



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