- From Conover, North Carolina.
- Began playing guitar at age 9.
- 1971-1973, first bluegrass band was called East Maiden Express.
- 1974-1978, his first stint with the Navy. After his discharge, he finished his education, earning a degree in music therapy.
- 1987-2008, re-joined the Navy, sang lead and played guitar with the U.S. Navy Band Country Current (21 years).
- He has performed for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George.W. Bush.
- 2007-8, recorded and performed with Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band.
- 2008, formed his own band, Appaloosa.