- From Anita, Iowa.
- A multi-instrumentalist and singer, best-known as the founder and president of the National Traditional Country Music Association (NTCMA).
- 1975, he founded the NTCMA.
- His primary instrument was the 12-string guitar and he performed all over the US and toured Europe several times. He recorded eleven albums during his career.
- For seven years, h produced, hosted, and performed on the PBS national television show Old Time Country Music, and produced and performed on Bus Stop, a local TV show.
- He won a Lifetime Achievement Award from World Music Events; the Kitty Wells/Johnny Wright Leadership in Country Music Award; the Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill from the Governor of Tennessee; and the Entertainer of the Year Award in Cologne, Germany.
- 2021, died at the age of 85.