- From Alabama.
- 1976, formed the Homemade String Band at age 16. Won the North Alabama Banjo Championship.
- 1978, joined the Front Porch String Band and performed on their landmark debut album (1980).
- Has also worked with the Lonesome River Band, Mark Johnson and Clawgrass, Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike.
- 2002, formed his own group, The Allen Watkins Band with his wife Anne. Has also performed with his wife in a group called The Other Guise.