He is a guitarist, trumpeter, pianist and songwriter born in Huntsville, Alabama. He left school while in the 11th grade and joined the band Hard Times in California with who he appeared on the television programme Where the Action Is.
Two years later he became a member of the rock group Steppenwolf in 1968 and with them he would contribute his songwriting skills as well as his musicianship, and his songs “Monster” and “Hey Lawdy Mama” both reached Top 40 status in the charts. He left the band in 1972 and returning to Alabama he took up studio work, then a move to Los Angeles, which would then lead him to settling in Nashville where he began to write country songs. This led to success when Tanya Tucker took his “Feel Right” to No. 10 in 1983.
Remaining a highly sought after musician he has appeared, toured and/or recorded with artists that include Steve Winwood , Barbara Mandrell, Jimmy Buffett, Eddie Rabbitt, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Clint Black , Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers , Peter Frampton and Neil Young a well as having performed on the same stage as Paul Simon , Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival while with Steppenwolf. Also during his time with Steppenwolf he and Jimi Hendrix were dating the same girl and for some strange reason this led to the two of them being able to jam together.
Appearing on over 100 albums he can be heard on Come on Over by Shania Twain, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems by Kenny Chesney , Feelin’ Bitchy by Millie Jackson, Everywhere by Tim McGraw, Wild Angels by Martina McBride , There You’ll Be by Faith Hill, How Do You Like Me Now? by Toby Keith , Strait Out of the Box by George Strait , Time by Lionel Richie, Won’t Be Blue Anymore by Dan Seals, Nashville Rebel by Waylon Jennings, I Only Wanted You by Marie Osmond, Where Your Road Leads by Trisha Yearwood, Greatest Hits by Clint Black , Last Mango in Paris by Jimmy Buffett , Drift Away by Dobie Gray, New Nashville Cats by Mark O’Connor , Southern Star by Alabama , Sweethearts of the Rodeo/One Time, One Night by Sweethearts of the Rodeo , Live Steppenwolf and Steppenwolf Seven.
He has now been inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame and currently lives in Muscle Shoals.
He can be seen here playing guitar with Steppenwolf on their “Screaming Night Hog” in 1970…