- Originally from Milledgeville, Georgia. Lived in Nashville for most of his career.
- 1979, at age 18, won the World Fiddling Championship at Union Grove, NC (the youngest ever to win that contest).
- He was twelve time National Fiddle Champion. Won his 12th in 1998, surpassing Scotty Stoneman as the all-time national contest winner.
- 1985, won Grand Masters Fiddle Championship.
- Was a longtime member of the Kathy Chiavola Band and was a A-list session musician Nashville. Recorded with many country artists, including Steve Wariner, Faith Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
- 1991, recorded a duet album with John Hartford.
- 1999, died of cancer.
- 1999, posthumously won the IBMA award for Fiddle Player of the Year.