Thomas J. Weber

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States


Tom Weber is a filmmaker, educator and writer based in Erie, PA. His feature-length documentary, "Troubadour Blues," is widely available online and in selected retail stores through MVD Entertainment. It is a journey into the world of traveling songwriters like Peter Case, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, Slaid Cleaves, Dave Alvin, Amy Speace and many others, featuring 40 original songs by the featured artists. A second full-length documentary, "Don't Give Up Your Day Job," wraps primary shooting this summer with a projected release date in 2015. It looks at the unsung heroes of music, the hidden musicians who perfect their skills far from the media spotlight in community-based music scenes around the USA. Weber is co-author of "Reggae Island: Jamaican Music in the Digital Age" (1998) and received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in mass communication and popular music studies. He is active member of Folk Alliance International and works as a volunteer at their national and regional conferences. He has produced records by many local bands in western Pennsylvania.