- From Kingsport, Tennessee.
- 1990-1993, played guitar with Alison Krauss and Union Station. Appeared on the Grammy winning album “Every Time You Say Goodbye.” Says he decided to quit when he returned from a long tour and his son didn’t recognize him.
- Early in his career, performed with Dusty Miller, The Boys in the Band, the Hazel Dickens Band, others.
- An original member of the IBMA board of directors.
- Taught history at East Tennessee State University and came close to getting his Ph.D.
- 1994, formed Blue Highway.
- 2004, released first solo project
- 2010, released a duet album with Steve Gulley Dogwood Winter (Rural Rhythm).
- 2014, released solo project Endless Line (Flatpicking Guitar Magazine).
Just to Hear the Whistle Blow on his own label (Hedge Drive Records).
- 2014, won the IBMA Award for Songwriter of the Year.
- 2017, won the IBMA Award for Songwriter of the Year for the second time.
- 2021, won the IBMA Award for Best Liner Notes (for California Autumn by Tony Rice).