- From Leitchfield, Kentucky. Lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
- Began playing guitar at age 13, mandolin a few years later.
- 1988, formed The New Tradition, a gospel group.
- Has also worked with Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, the Marty Raybon Band, Special Consensus, Charlie Sizemore.
- 2000, went to work for Gibson Musical Instruments. He became head of the Gibson Mandolin Division and Plant Supervisor for Gibson (including the banjo and resophonic guitar divisions). He was also the Gibson Repair Supervisor.
- 2004, was a founding member of the Grascals. Toured with Dolly Parton.
- 2004, released first solo album Mandolin Orchard (Butler Music Group).
- 2014, released Nighthawk album (Mountain Home).
- He formed his own instrument repair business “Just Off the Bench Stringed Instrument Repair.”