- From Vista, California (near San Diego). He lived for several years on Palomar Mountain, near the famous Observatory. In 1997, he moved to Colorado.
- 1973, as a 12-year-old he was in a kid band called The Pendleton Pickers with Stuart Duncan. They won a radio station talent contest and played the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
- 1980, formed a San Diego-based band with Dennis Caplinger called Bluegrass Etc. They have released three albums including Bluegrass Etc. (Tricopolis).
- 1990, joined the band California with Byron Berline, John Hickman, Dan Crary and Steve Spurgin.
- He gave Chris Thile mandolin and guitar lessons.
- He has performed on numerous movie soundtracks and television commercials.
- Day job: he is a professional cowboy. He breaks and trains horses on ranches both in the US and abroad.