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]


Koko Taylor! The Queen Of The Blues On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight on Blues Breakers Koko Taylor will be our Artist of the Week. Plus, we’ll have an exciting concert announcement about a young lady who these days has been called the queen. And new blues [...]

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B.B. King In Concert At B.B. King's Blues Club At The Mirage

Happy Birthday BB! Blues Breakers Playlist From 9-15-14

B.B. King was our Artist of the Week, as he always is right around his birthday, but we also had some very new releases by Gary Clark, Jr., Marcia Ball, Otis Clay and Liz Mandeville, [...]


B.B. King In Concert At B.B. King's Blues Club At The Mirage

B.B. King And Lots Of New Blues Tonight

New Blues tonight by Gary Clark, Jr., Marcia Ball, Otis Clay and Liz Mandeville. And our Artist of the Week is B.B. King!  How’s that for an action packed hour of the blues? B.B. celebrates [...]


Jimmy Reed

Thanks For Listening To Blues Breakers – Here’s What You Heard

Jimmy Reed was our Artist of the Week so we heard a few of his songs. We played something from the brand new release by Johnny Winter with Ben Harper as guest artist. And, as [...]


Jimmy Reed

Old Jimmy Reed, New Johnny Winter On Blues Breakers Tonight

Our Artist of the Week tonight will be Jimmy Reed in honor of the anniversary of his birth on September 6, 1925 in Mississippi. Jimmy died young at the age of 50 but had more [...]


Little Milton

Who Heard Blues Breakers Last Night? Playlist With Notes

I hope you didn’t get confused by the Monday holiday and miss Blues Breakers last night because it was a good one. Giles Corey is having an album release party this Friday at Rosa’s so [...]


Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch

Only In Chicago – A Night To Remember

This past Sunday evening was a most incredible night of blues here in the Blues Capital of the World. An event of near historic significance. A gathering of many of the very best blues musicians [...]



Rememberin’ Stevie Ray Vaughan

The first time I met Stevie I just barely knew who he was. XRT’s music director at the time, John Mrvos, had just seen him play at Chicagofest on Navy Pier, grabbed him after the show and brought him by the station for a drop-in. Most remarkable to me was that Stevie was more interested in talking up his brother Jimmy Vaughan’s latest project rather than his own. Next time I



Did You Hear What Was Played On Blues Breakers Last Night?

Blues from John Lee Hooker from way back and new blues from Dave and Phil Alvin Robert Cray and Toronzo Cannon. Oh yeah, and more! Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers for August 25, 2014 John Lee [...]



John Lee Hooker Tonight On Blues Breakers

There will be some John Lee Hooker on Blues Breakers tonight!  He’ll be our Artist of the Week. We’ve also got cool new stuff from out of town, from in town, and some from people [...]




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