Tom Breiding‘s songs have found their power. Serving as a musician in residence for the United Mine Workers of America, his anthems were instrumental in preserving the health care and pensions for tens of thousands of retirees and their families. His passion and his work with the UMWA and for Wheeling’s Appalachian Institute have led him, guitar in tow, into the coal towns and back roads of his home state of West Virginia where seeds of the labor movement and Mother Jones resonate today. Breiding, a former Music Row staff-writer, delivers well crafted ballads that echo the stories of people he has known, reflect the lives of those whose work built and powered our nation’s progress and expansion for more than a century, and capture a life well lived through hard work, family, and honest living. Tom’s music makes apparent a distinction between the distant idealization of the working man and the real life of the working man; the distinction between country – and coal country.
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