Mike and Dixie Dunton, May 17, 2019
The GCM Hall of Fame show for May 17, 2019 will feature Mike and Dixie Dunton. Mike and Dixie Dunton are a couple of traveling minstrels performing in places from Florida to California. Mike was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida. He grew up in a family of musicians who played many evenings on the front porch with friends and family. To keep an active little red-haired boy busy, his mother would put him in a big chair with his father's dobro and tell the four-year old to play a song. He still plays that dobro today. Mike found his real love when a relative gave the family an old upright piano. His parents recognized his talent on the piano and arranged for him to receive classical training. That foundation of training in music proved to be exactly what would lead him to a lifetime of music. Fate; however, had something else in mind. Early on, he discovered rock and roll. Goodbye Beethoven! He was off to form his own band, playing across the Southeast. Rock-a-Billy was for him! Mike always felt he belonged in Texas, and in 1975, he brought his music to Texas and never left. Dixie started performing at the age of two in Ft. Worth, Texas where she sang to anyone who would listen. Dixie would sing wherever she could, at the Will Rogers Coliseum, North Fort Worth Coliseum, New Isis Theater, or on a downtown corner. One night, her mother took her to the North Ft. Worth Coliseum to see the Kitty Wells Show. As she peered between the balcony railings, she knew this was for her. Later, she performed with the USO in Europe and many other venues in Texas and California. She fell in love with a piano player, and the rest is history. Mike and Dixie met, fell in love, and got married. They both share their love of Country, Gospel and Old Time Rock & Roll music. They?ve played coast to coast and hope to continue for a long time. They?ve recently returned from Florida and are currently working on plans for an upcoming "Route 66" tour in the fall.