- From Baltimore, Maryland. Also has a home in Tucson, Arizona.
- Best known as a banjo teacher and writer of banjo instruction books. Own a studio in Baltimore called “The Banjo School.”
- Twice won the Telluride Banjo Contest.
- 2001, a member of the Maryland Banjo Academy.
- Has a band called Ross Nickerson and the Fast Brothers.
- 2003, released Blazing the West album (Pinecastle).
- 2009, released an album called “Let’s Kick Some Ass” with Blue Highway (excluding Jason Burleson). A year later, he re-released it with a less-controversial title Lets Kick It (Bones).