- From Roanoke, Virginia.
- Banjo player and founder (in 1994) of AcuTab Publishing Company, publisher of instrumental instruction books and recordings by well-known bluegrass artists.
- 1978-1991, played banjo with Nothin’ Doin Band (Norfolk, VA)
- 1999, joined Acoustic Endeavors.
- 2001, won IBMA award for Instrumental Album of the Year for “Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions” (produced by Lawless and featuring Lawless and other performers)
- 2004, released solo project of banjo instrumentals called Five & Dime (no label). .
- He is a well known bluegrass journalist, creator of the website “The Bluegrass Blog” which morphed into “Bluegrass Today.”