- From Oak Ridge, North Carolina (lives in Reidsville, NC).
- Early in his career, he played Dobro™ with his father in a band called The Southland Playboys.
- 1982, he and his father worked with Bobby Atkins.
- 1983, joined The McPherson Brothers band.
- 1985, formed Big Sandy Bluegrass with Lynwood Lunsford, Tim Ashley and Adam Poindexter.
- 1987, joined Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys. Martin nicknamed Nance “Little Sweets.”
- 1997, released My Own Sweet Time album (no label).
- 2010, joined The Hagar’s Mountain Boys.