- From Johnson City, Tennessee.
- One of the pioneers of bluegrass fiddling. Began his career in the 1940’s with the Morris Brothers, Wiley and Zeke.
- 1949, was a founding members of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ band The Foggy Mountain Boys. Playe with them for about a year.
- He played fiddle and sang lead on the classic F&S recording of “Salty Dog Blues.” He also played fiddle on the classic F&S recording of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.”
- He also worked with Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe.
- 1982, released an album of fiddle tunes with banjo player E.C. Miller, “Bluegrass on the Mountain.”