Charles Casterline (Cactus Willie) grew up in rural South Carolina. Son of a father that worked 35 years in a cotton mill. His mother, Mary Alice as she was called, did commercials on the radio before TV was the mainstream entertainment. She was a very good guitar player and singer. Lester Flatt of Scruggs and Flatt fame was Cactus Willie uncle. Watching him play music on the porch gave him the desire and inspiration to become an entertainer. That fire has never stopped burning inside to perform music to the public.
Cactus Willie has, through the years, worked along side the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ray Price, Bill Anderson to name a few. Also as a member of The Cowboy and Hobo Show in theaters in Branson, Missouri. He has been involved in 4 studio recorded albums. Now Cactus Willie lives in Brownsville, Texas. Performing throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Also, in summer months, Minnesota.
No matter the event, show, party or business Cactus Willie brings years of professional music experience to make a real difference. Available as a solo artist or duet or band. Songs that fall into the genre as Americana. Classic country, classic rock and folk music.