- From Laurel, Maryland. Lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
- An award-winning flat-pick guitarist who has performed with The Doug Dillard Band, The Big Dogs (with Tony Trischka), Peter Rowan, The Country Gazette and other bands.
- Son of Lamar Grier, banjo player with Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys in the late 60’s.
- Influenced by Clarence and Roland White, who were family friends of the Griers.
- Won his first guitar championship at age 11.
- 1991, recorded a duet album with mandolinist Mike Compton called Climbing the Walls.
- 1995-present, performs as a studio musician and solo artist. Also plays with a group called Psychograss.
- 1996, won his fourth IBMA award for Guitar Player of the Year (also won in 1992, 1993 and 1995).
- 1999 recorded an album with bassist Todd Phillips and mandolinist Matt Flinner: Todd Phillips, David Grier & Matt Flinner (Alliance Records).
- 2013, formed a band with Missy Raines (bass), Mike Compton (mandolin) and Shad Cobb (fiddle) called The Helen Highwater String Band.