Nickname: “Flux”, which means “to become fluid” (Websters).
Grew up in a musical family; his father played guitar in a bluegrass band called the West Virginia Travelers.
At age 8, went to a Flatt and Scruggs concert and saw Dobro™ player Josh Graves for the first time. It was then that he knew he wanted to play a Dobro™.
Was a track star in high school.
Age 15, joined the The West Virginia Travelers (with his father) and later that year was offered a job with the Country Gentlemen. He declined to finish his education, but made a few guest appearances with them briefly during the summer of 1973 and met Ricky Skaggs who became one of his best friends.
1974, joined the Country Gentlemen.
1975, joined J.D. Crowe’s band, The New South, with friend Ricky Skaggs.
1977, formed Boone Creek with Ricky Skaggs, disbanding when Ricky Skaggs went to work for Emmy Lou Harris the following year.
1978, rejoined the Country Gentlemen.
1979, released first solo project “Fluxology” (Rounder).
1980, joined The Whites.
1982, released “Fluxedo” album (Rounder).
1986, left The Whites to spend more time at home with his wife, Jill.
1992, album Slide Rule won IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year.
1994, album Skip Hop & Wobble (with Russ Barenberg and Edgar Meyer) won IBMA Award for “Instrumental Recording of the Year.”
1995, album The Great Dobro Sessions (produced by Douglas) won IBMA Awards for “Recorded Event of the Year” and “Instrumental Album of the Year.”
1998, joined Alison Krauss and Union Station (replaced Adam Steffey) while continuing to perform with his own band and pursue other musical opportunities (recording, producing, etc.)
1998, won Dobro™ player of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
2000, appeared in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou”.
2002, won CMA and Americana awards for Instrumentalist of the Year.
Had a band called “the Brickbats.”
2005, 2007, won the CMA award for Musician of the Year