From Norman, Oklahoma.
Seriously considered golf as a profession, but decided to play bluegrass instead.
First band: Mountain Smoke (in high school). This band once opened for Pure Prairie League, a band he would later join.
Age 18, joined the Bluegrass Alliance.
Mid-70’s, joined Byron Berline’s and Sundance.
Late-70’s, joined the country-rock band Pure Prairie League. While he was with that group, they had several #1 records, including “Let Me Love You Tonight.”
1984, became a solo artist (signed with RCA Records). First #1 hit: “When I Call Your Name.”
1990, co-hosted the first IBMA Awards Show (in Owensboro, Kentucky).
1992, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
1991-2004, hosted the CMA awards.
1997, performed a tribute to Bill Monroe at the Grammy Awards.
1997, won IBMA award for Song of the Year for his song “High Lonesome Sound.”
2000, married singer Amy Grant.
2007, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
2008, won a Grammy (Best Country Album) for “These Days,” a 4-CD project which included the bluegrass album
Little Brother: The Acoustic Record (MCA Nashville). As of 2014, he has won 20 Grammys, 18 Country Music Association Awards, one IBMA Award and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.