- From Paris, Kentucky.
- Breeds and raises race horses in Kentucky. His “Stone Farm” produced Sunday Silence, winner of the 1989 Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Breeder’s Cup Races.
- Has played bluegrass since age 11.
- A prolific songwriter, his songs have been recorded by such artists as Ray Price and Grandpa Jones.
- A friend of Peter Rowan since 1965, who produced his solo album of original songs in 2001.
- 2014, his son formed a Kentucky bluegrass band called The Wooks.