LEBANON, Ore. - Willie Carter already played guitar and mandolin when he saw a fiddle at work in the music of Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys in the movie "Go West Lady."
"He added some horns to country music," Carter recalled. "It went like wildfire."
He taught himself to play the fiddle, and kept at it after moving west to Oregon from Arkansas for a job in the lumber business.
Carter continued playing the fiddle, calling himself a "weekend musician."
"I can't imagine going very long without making music of some kind," he said.
After 69 years, he still doesn't read music. He just listens and plays.
And he doesn't teach lessons - but he's happy to give an aspiring fiddler a few pointers.
Now 86, his dedication has earned him induction into the NorthWest Western Swing Music Society Hall of Fame.
Meet Willie Carter on your local TV news Tuesday, October 1.