- From Sparta, Tennessee (also the birthplace of Lester Flatt).
- 1972-1979, worked with Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass.
- 1981-1991, played banjo for Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys.
- 1991-2001, played bass with Mike Snider’s band.
- 2002, formed a band with mandolinist Bobby Clark called the Williams & Clark Expedition. Later called The Expedition Show.
- His nickname: “The Sparta Flash.”