Love Commits Me Here 

It's a very special time here at AmeriSon Records and what a start to the new year it has been! Love Commits Me Here is approaching 100 reported Radio spins after only four weeks since its January 7th release and I have received Press from more than a half dozen regional and national publications this month alone. I'm working to put together a local release show of sorts and I'm putting together several radio interviews in the upcoming months. My work with visiting students takes up most of my performance time in March and April but I will also be planning a short solo tour in May if a few key proposed events materialize. I'll keep you posted on that and some big summer announcements, as well. 

None of this would have been possible without your generosity, especially those who funded the recording and marketing of Love Commits Me Here. I am forever in debt to you and to all who have supported me throughout the years. I'll be at a venue or a radio station near you soon! See you up the road; it's time to roll......

Everything in its time... 

This is a very special time for me right now as three years of work at the Appalachian Institute and with United Mine Workers of America have culminated in a very special project I call River, Rails or Road. The 18 track album is one that has evolved and has been shaped by my work and travels in my home state of West Virginia. And through it all, I had the interest of Jeff Sewald, a filmmaker who captured each chapter of this incredible journey. The accompanying film also traces my steps from my hometown of Wheeling to my Nashville songwriting days, the road that led to the priveldge I have today to speak for so many who are voiceless and to lend my talents for a cause I believe to be just. And the road goes on. And I'm ready to ride...

Reflection 

Music has been the one true, soul-uplifting, joyful constant in my lifetime. Everything I am and everything I have accomplished in my life I owe to music. My wife and our son? I met Janet in my teens at a New Year's Eve concert at the Stanley Theater.
My folks? My best childhood memories are associated with songs from those formative years, many of which we danced and sang along to, then. 
My closest life-long friends? The ones I played music with, shared music with, or spent hours on end listening to music with. 
The crazy, misguided days of my youth? That would be the adventures I shared with dozens of musicians in local bars emulating the lifestyles of the rock stars we so wanted to be. 
My most poignant lessons in life? Contemplating my experiences while listening to artists with a conscience. 
My contributions to society? I have shared my music and the history it reflects with thousands of school-age children; I have documented the struggles of American coalminers and their contribution to the American work climate we all are a product of; I have helped secure the health and benefits of 18,000 retirees; and I leave behind hundreds of songs on more than a dozen album releases that have touched the hearts of thousands.
My wildest successes? Writing on Music Row with famed writers and legendary performers, and being invited to share my songs along side of them at venues like The Bluebird; playing in front of crowds as large as 80,000 and spending precious moments with the special artists who brought them there; I toured Italy in a rock-n-roll band (enough said); I played my bluegrass flavored songs in my home late one night accompanied by Chris Scruggs with Rosie Flores sitting next me; I even played "Pink Cadillac" with Bruce Springsteen and my friends in The Houserockers.
My treasures? I have met and become close friends with the most creative, sincere, just, ambitious, talented, and beautiful people this world can offer.
Most importantly, I continue to help support my family with a career that I was given because of my life-long commitment to making music. One in which I bring young people from every corner of America to serve, help, and learn from the great people of my home state of West Virginia. And yes, I share with all of them my music. And not a day in my life has gone by where music hasn't brought at least one brief moment of satisfaction to me.
So yes, I may be idealistic; and yes, much of this is the result of 50 years, a time to reflect on the bright side; but every word is true - and so am I - because of this great gift of music. The business is tough these days, but hasn't it always been? My wish for my son is to enjoy at least half of the success I have found in this world of music, along with the wisdom to appreciate it. It is surely enough.
In closing, I wish peace, Love, happiness, and success to every soul I have ever met because of music. And right now, that would include you, my friend...
"Of all the earthly treasures and the wonders that they bring, may we find a place in heaven...with six silver strings."
Tom Breiding

Livin' the Dream 

This was one of those weekends that makes me so grateful to be a musician. Pit, Jeff, and Chris, the guys in my band American Son played a stellar show at Frankie and George's on Friday. We were honored to be joined onstage by some of the finest musicians I know: Bob Beach, Andrea Pearl, Sarah Hayes, and Wil Kondrich. Those in the audience who were unable to perform included Rick Malis and "Sudden" Steve Binsberger. To my fans and friends who showed up to make the night even more special, including our promoter Zeke, thank you so much.

The next day, I played my favorite standing gig, Songwriter Saturday at the Leaf and Bean. Another incredible day as I was joined by Joel Lindsay and an amazing guitarist whom I just met, Dan Marcus.

We all know the drawbacks of being a professional musician, namely the struggle to pay the bills, but making music with such fine muscians and keeping company with all the wonderful folks who came to join us at these two shows is worth more than any money I could hope to make as a musician.

Livin' the dream indeed....

July Happenings 

From AmeriSon Productions:
Hi Friends,
 
A bit of good news - my new album Beauty in Paradise was added last week to WERU, a station in Maine, and received 12 spins. It's a busy weekend with shows in Ohio and Western PA this week. I'm looking forward to playing Jamboree in the Hills again this year with my son Jack. I performed with American Son at the Shady Grove Campground there last night and had a great time. I've got the solo acoustic show on Saturday afternoon at Leaf and Bean in the Strip, and then it's a fun night with my friends in Bill Toms and Hard Rain on Saturday night for a show and video shoot. C'mon out and say hi if you get a chance! Visit http://www.tombreiding.com for all show details.
 
Time to roll....