- From Old Hickory, Tennessee. Grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Learned to play guitar at age 5.
- Best known as a songwriter. His songs have been recorded on more than 150 albums by such artists as Mac Wiseman, the Osborne Brothers, the Bluegrass Cardinals, the Lewis Family, Doyle Lawson, Larry Sparks, and many others.
- As a performer, he is one of the few artists in bluegrass to work solo.
- He has given his guitars names: Denise, Michelle the Blonde Bombshell, Sylvia, Henrietta and Lakeisha.
- Died in 2001.