- A guitarist from Charlotte, North Carolina. Lives in Harrisburg, North Carolina.
- 1970, got his first professional job with Carl Story.
- 1971, joined the New Deal String Band.
- 1972, joined the Bluegrass Alliance, replacing Tony Rice.
- 1983, began working with Doc Watson in concerts and on recordings. After Doc’s son Merle died in 1985, he went full-time as Doc’s musical partner.
- 2013, released Arthel’s Guitar album (n0 label), using Arthel “Doc” Watson’s guitar on the recording.