Local 913, Episode 24: Tom Breiding
Americana singer songwriter, Tom Breiding’s new album, River Rails or Road, is a tribute to his home state of West Virginia. The 17 track release is filled with stories of its people and the almost forgotten history of West Virginia coal miners. Breiding has spent the last few years working at the Wheeling Jesuit University, which reconnected him to the working people of West Virginia. Tom became involved with the United Mine Workers of America and started acting as their unofficial poet laureate, lending his voice and songwriting skills to their cause. According to Breiding, "The UMWA has exclusively and actively recruited me to write for and perform at all of their events for the past three years". River Rails or Road also comes with an 18 minute documentary focusing on Breiding’s roots in Wheeling, WV. Listen below to learn more about Tom’s new album or check out his website.