"Country's Favorite Fiddler" Talks About Experiences

Johnny Gimble is known as "Country's Favorite Fiddler". This legendary musician has been named CMA's "Instrumentalist Of The Year" five times, "Fiddler Of The Year" by the Academy Of Country Music", eight times and this year was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Born in Tyler on May 20.1926, Gimble and his brothers all learned to play string instruments, although none had formal training. "The Lightcrust Doughboys" were Gimble's favorite radio show growing up and he was thrilled when he was asked to join "Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys", a later version of The Doughboys.

In 1995, Gimble was declared "A National Treasure" by the National Endowment For The Arts, and today is the leading proponent for " Texas Swing", a mixture of jazz, Dixieland, and country. Although developed for the most part by Bob Wills, Johnny Gimble has helped make Texas Swing known around the world.

Oralia Ortega, reporting.  ortega@kltv.com