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Love Commits Me Here

by Tom Breiding

A celebrated writer, Breiding focuses on the true heart and soul of America: our laborers and union members. Hailing from West Virginia, a state with a large populous of mine workers and laborers, Breiding has shared an intense artistic connection with the union members of United States for the entirety of his career, most especially United Mine Workers of America. Breiding’s new collection of live-in-studio songs, titled Love Commits Me Here, is a musical biopic of some of the most significant events, both positive and negative, within the mining and unionized industries in our country. Breiding, however, does not limit himself to the mining industry when it comes to inspiration for his songs. Other themes on the 9-song LP address topics from the plight of immigrants to the WV flood of 2016 and the senseless violence and hatred that led to a mass killing in a Pittsburgh synagogue two blocks from the studio where the title cut “Love Commits Me Here” was recorded.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Farmington No. 9
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2. Kayford Workshop
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3. Fannie Sellins
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4. The Flood
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5. Holiday
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6. Far Away
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7. Love Commits Me Here
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8. Mama K
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9. Cares and Woes
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10. Believe
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Tom's journey is an incredible one. Cecil Roberts, International President of the United Mine Workers Union called Tom the "Greatest labor singer in the United States today." As musician in residence for their union, Tom’s songs were instrumental in winning back the pensions and health benefits of 18,000 retired coal miners in 2013. Tom crafted songs that reflected the struggles of these retirees and traveled and performed for tens of thousands across the U.S. at their Fairness at Patriot rallies. Tom’s newest release River, Rails or Road includes many of these songs and includes a film documenting Tom’s humble beginnings in West Virginia.
The UMWA continues to rely on Breiding to deliver poignant and topical compositions today, and it isn’t the first time Breiding has been called upon to capture important social/historical events in song. In 2008 he was recruited by Calliope (Pittsburgh’s Folk Society) to oversee, write and produce songs for When We Shine, a compilation CD to celebrate the city of Pittsburgh’s 250 year history, and his 2009 release, The Unbroken Circle: Songs of the West Virginia Coalfields spent 16 weeks in the top 100 of the Americana charts, topping at #55. The album was endorsed by country music legend Tom T. Hall and Grammy Award winning songwriter Tim O’Brien. It received over 3,000 reported spins on American radio stations, made Robert Christgau’s Consumer Guide (Dean of American Rock Critics), and received highly favorable reviews from several publications including New York Times and Sing Out Magazine.
Tom Breiding’s songwriting career began in 1991 when he was signed by two-time CMA Producer of the year recipient Tom Collins. Breiding was a staff writer at Collins Music Corporation, which was the largest independent publishing house on Nashville’s storied Music Row during the days when independent publishers thrived in the country music industry.
Tom Breiding has recorded 13 albums under his own name. In 2011, two songs from Breiding’s Beauty in Paradise, an album inspired by his extensive touring travels, were featured for seven consecutive weeks on the playlist of Echoes, a syndicated radio program broadcast on more than 500 radio stations across North America.



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