From Pikeville, Kentucky. Was raised in Columbus, Ohio.
1977, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.
1985, released his debut country album “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.” Since then, he has sold more than 25 million records. He has five Billboard #1 albums, twelve gold albums, and nine platinum albums. He is also the most frequent musical guest in the history of NBC’s The Tonight Show.
1992, recorded “Miner’s Prayer” with Ralph Stanley on his “Saturday Night Sunday Morning” album.
1997, recorded a cover of Clash’s “Train in Vain” with Ralph Stanley playing banjo and singing harmony.
2001, wrote and recorded the song “Borrowed Love” on Earl Scruggs’ “Family and Friends” album.