• From Johnson City, Tennessee.
  • Inspired to play mandolin by the Lost and Found’s Dempsey Young.
  • First band (on graduation from high school) The Boys in the Band (Kingsport, Tennessee).
  • 1987, joined the Lonesome River Band.
  • 1989-1991, formed Dusty Miller (with Tim Stafford and Barry Bales).
  • 1992-2000, joined Alison Krauss and Union Station (as did Stafford and Bales).
  • 2000, co-founded Mountain Heart, but left shortly thereafter to tour and record with the Isaacs.
  • 2001, re-joined Mountain Heart.
  • 2001, released his first solo album Grateful (Mountain Home).
  • As a studio musician and sideman, he has recorded and performed with Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, the Dixie Chicks, many others.
  • 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 won the IBMA Award for Mandolin Player of the Year.
  • 2007, left Mountain Heart, joined the Dan Tyminski Band.
  • 2009, released One More for the Road album (Sugar Hill).
  • 2009, formed (with Ronnie Stewart) The Boxcars.
  • 2010, won the IBMA Award for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (for “Durang’s Hornpipe”)
  • 2013, released album New Primitive (Mountain Home) with his wife Tina playing clawhammer banjo.
  • 2015, had surgery (“Subcutaneous Ulnar Nerve Transposition”) on his elbow to relieve pain in his left hand.
  • 2018, formed the Highland Travelers with other members of the Boxcars (disbanded in 2017) and Ramblers Choice (disbanded in 2017)
  • 2018, decided to take a leave from the music business. The Highland Travelers disbanded.
  • 2019, joined Volume Five.
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