Bob Thompson and Larry Groce: In the StoryCorps Booth

Larry Groce and Bob Thompson in the StoryCorps booth talking about Bob's move to the Mountain State.

West Virginia Music Hall-of-Famer Bob Thompson moved to West Virginia from New York City almost 60 years ago. He came to the Mountain State to attend college at what is now West Virginia State University. He met adversity, fell in love, grew with his music and learned about the people of West Virginia.

Bob and his friend Larry Groce, the host and artistic director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s nationally distributed music show Mountain Stage, talk about moving from the Big Apple to Charleston, West Virginia — and about why he stayed. Their conversation was recorded in the mobile StoryCorps booth, which was in Charleston West Virginia in fall 2018.