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AFM Members Inducted into West Virginia Music Hall of Fame


AFM Members Inducted into West Virginia Music Hall of Fame —AFM members Russ Hicks of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) and Bob Thompson of Local 136 (Charleston, WV) were inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame on October 24 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Hicks is a renowned pedal steel guitar player. He was a member of the Hee Haw house band for 13 years and has recorded with many musicians, including Marty Robbins; Local 257 members Jerry Lee Lewis, the Charlie Daniels Band, Ronnie Milsap, and Larry Gatlin; Don Gibson; and Townes Van Zandt. Jazz pianist Thompson and his band The Bob Thompson Unit have performed for audiences worldwide. However, he may be best known as the house pianist for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio show Mountain Stage. Also inducted was late television and radio artist Buddy Starcher, a former member of Local 257.

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