- From Wilmington, North Carolina.
- As a teenager, played mandolin and fiddle with a North Carolina bluegrass band called the Misty Mountain Boys.
- 1972, began solo career as a country artist.
- 1979, had #1 song with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” His album “Fire on the Mountain” (which features that song) was certified platinum in 1992.
- 1979, 1980 won CMA Award for Instrumental Group of the Year. Also won several other CMA and ACM awards.
- 2005, released a bluegrass gospel album Songs From the Longleaf Pine (Blue Hat Records).
- 2009, released a bluegrass Christmas album Joy To The World – A Bluegrass Christmas (E1 Entertainment).