- From Dallas, Texas. Lives in Levelland, Texas.
- 1974, formed Texas band called Roanoke.
- 1977-1982, worked with The Country Gazette (with Alan Munde and Roland White).
- 1984, joined the faculty of South Plains College (Levelland, TX) as a “bluegrass specialist” in the commercial music program. He is founder of the school’s “Camp Bluegrass” in July of each year.
- 1994, formed a duo with Alan Munde.
- 2003, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He continues to teach music at South Plains College.
- Has produced numerous instruction books for guitar and mandolin for Mel Bay Publishing. He also writes frequently for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.