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WVMHoF inductees tell their stories – and sing their songs
Bob Thompson, Larry Groce and John Ellison offer anecdotes and advice
for establishing a music career in the Mountain State

Musician/Producer Don Dixon, keyboardist Randy Gilkey and
caterer Debbie Matthews will tell their stories

The WVMHoF will host a special edition of its “Music Career Counseling Program” in conjunction with FestivFALL on October 16 at the new WV Museum of Music in The Charleston Town Center.

Three WVMHoF inductees – Bob Thompson (2015), Larry Groce (2020), and John Ellison (2015) – will be joined by famed musician/producer Don Dixon, WV keyboardist Randy Gilkey, and caterer Debbie Matthews to talk about how they identified their specific talents, pursued their dream, and developed – and maintained – their careers.

This unique event runs from 2-4 p.m., Saturday October 16 at the WV Museum of Music in The Charleston Town Center. Admission is free.


Bob Thompson, Larrry Groce and Randy Gilkey will talk about the challenges – and benefits – of making their home in West Virginia – and why living in the Mountain State has been an integral part of their success.

Don Dixon and WV native John Ellison will offer their stories on forging their own unique
– and very successful – careers. Charleston native Debbie Matthews will talk about catering for artists including Sting, The Roots, Dolly Parton, the Eagles and the Dave Matthew Band.

Each speaker will also perform a couple of songs and Debbie Matthews will have samples of her homemade pepperoni rolls!