- From Jolo, West Virginia
- Began performing at the age of 9, playing mandolin in his father’s band “Clayton Hale and the Bluegrass Mountaineers.”
- Age 11, was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry with Bill Monroe.
- Has been a band member with the Reno Brothers, J. D. Crowe and the New South (guitar, lead vocals), Livewire, Eddie and Martha Adcock (mandolin) and several other bands.
- 2000, founded Wildfire with Curt Chapman.
- Played on two Dolly Parton albums: “Halos and Horns” and “For God and Country.”
- 2012, released first solo project Pure & Simple (Pinecastle Records).
- 2020, released Blue Haze album with his “8th Wonder Band” (Scott Vestal, Missy Raines and Shawn Lane)