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Nine-year-old fiddle player to play on Tonight Show

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Aug 07 2013 04:43:43 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 06 2013 11:00:00 PM CDT

A local boy is about to show off his fiddle playing skills on national television.

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. -

Nine-year old Carson Peters has been bending the bow since before he could read and write.

"Nana bought me a ukulele when I was two," says Carson. "I picked out 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' out, then mom and dad got me a fiddle."

Now he's going to Hollywood for a Thursday appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The soon-to-be fourth grader still can't believe the national TV producers called looking for him. "He was talking to mom. He said, 'I'm the producer of The Tonight Show'. Mom was like, 'no way,'" he laughed.

Before his family caught their plane, Carson opened up his case and started putting on a show for the airport waiting area.

This pint-sized musician headlines the Fiddlin' Carson Peters Band, which plays two to three shows a week throughout the region. "God just gave me a talent and I want to use it for him," says Peters.

He first played for our cameras a the young age of four; now five years later he's only gotten better. He says it may someday turn into a career. "If I don't get a professional career with fiddlin', I guess I will work at Eastman with my dad," he told us.

We're told Carson Peters will appear in a talent show segment with two other guests as a part of The Tonight Show. He will be on the show Thursday.

The Tonight show with Jay Leno airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on News 5 WCYB.