He is a guitarist, steel guitarist, Dobro player, songwriter
and producer born in Texas who, when he was nine years old, began learning
the Hawaiian steel guitar.
He went on to perform with several local bands on
steel and pedal guitar by the time he was just eleven until he became a
Reserve in the US Army in the 1960s.
Once he had served his time he settled in California and became a
member of Don Henley’s band Shiloh in the 1960s. He then went on to join up with The Flying Burrito
Brothers as well as playing for several artists and groups as a session
musician before joining Steven Stills’ Manassas around 1972. After their second album he moved
over to the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band.
Also during the 1970s he began to concentrate on
record production and has since spent much of his career in that capacity.
Continuing to perform and record he became half of a
duo with Chris Hillman which then evolved into the Desert Rose Band in he
1980s and became a musician for Dolly Parton for a few years from 1986. Two years later he relocated to
Nashville and became a member of The Nash Ramblers who were the Grammy
Award winning backing band for Emmylou Harris.
During the 1990s he worked mainly as a producer and
session musician and in 2001 he started working on his Signature Dobro for
In 2003 he got together with a few of the ex-members of
the 1970’s band Mason Proffit when it got back together. More recently he has performed as a
member of Big Dog 3 and in 2009 they released their debut album.
During the course of his long career he has produced
and/or performed with countless groups and artists that include Alex
Harvey, Tori Amos, Debby Boone, Cher, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Richie
Furay, Chris Hillman, Al Hudson, Wynonna Judd, Patty Loveless, Roger McGuinn,
Michael Martin Murphey, Randy Newman, Roy Orbison, Billy Preston, Rick
Roberts, Russ Taff and Dwight Yoakam.
His record catalogue is vast with a small selection of
the albums he has worked on including his own Snapshots and Triple
Play, Sevens by Garth Brooks, Nashville by Solomon Burke,
Casablanca Years by Cher, Two Sides to Every Story by Gene
Clark, Lady’s Not For Sale by Rita Coolidge, Crosby, Stills &
Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash, Flower That Shattered the Stone
by John Denver, Knocked Out Loaded by Bob Dylan, On the Border
by The Eagles, Last of the Red Hot Burritos by The Flying Burrito
Brothers, Souvenirs by Dan Fogelberg, Live at the Ryman by
Emmylou Harris, Celebration by Mike Love, Live at the Palais
by Michael Nesmith, G.P. by Gram Parsons, Say Forever You’ll Be
Mine by Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner, Exile on Main Street
by The Rolling Stones, Trouble In Paradise by the
Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Down the Road by Stephen Stills &
Manassas, Bad Girls by Donna Summer, Gorilla by James Taylor
and Barnstorm by Joe Walsh.