- From Winchester, Virginia.
- Began playing mandolin in 1967.
- Married to Murphy Henry, well-known for her banjo-instruction books and videos, also a columnist for Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine.
- Children Casey and Christopher are also professional bluegrass musicians.
- 1977-1995, performed with his family band “Red and Murphy & Co.” Recorded 10 CD’s with this group.
- Plays a mandolin (Randy Wood #3) which was previously owned and played by Bill Monroe.
- Hobbies: astronomy, sound electronics, old English literature.