- From Weaverville, North Carolina.
- Began playing guitar at age 12.
- He is a World War II veteran and former high school teacher.
- He has been a sideman in many bands playing guitar and singing.
- First professional band: the Herron Valley Trio (with Paul Crouch and Doc Moore).
- 1960-1975, worked with the Kingsmen Gospel Quartet (appearing on all their recordings and TV shows during this time.)
- 1975, played with the Stoney Mountain Boys, house band for Asheville’s Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and Shindig on the Green.
- 2014, at age 88, began a solo career with the release of “A Gentle Southern Wind” album, produced by Bryan Sutton.