Born in Nashville, I got my start as a teenager singing and playing guitar in local Top 40 and R&B bands in the early 1960s. In the mid 1960s, I signed an artist development and songwriting contract with Nugget Records, a company owned by Simon & Garfunkel's session guitar player, Fred Carter Jr. I soon discovered I preferred being behind the console rather than behind the microphone and so my engineering and producing career was born.
I was the chief recording engineer at Nugget Studio for over two years where I worked with some of the most successful singers and songwriters in country music. In 1972 I was offered a staff engineering position with Columbia Records Studios in Nashville. In my first year at Columbia I worked with artists like George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich, Marie Osmond, Johnny Duncan and Johnny Paycheck. In the next ten years with Columbia I engineered almost every artist in country music and "Pop" artists such as Dave Loggins ("Please Come To Boston"), Elvis Costello, John Hiatt, J.J. Cale and many more, too numerous to list.
In 1982 Columbia Studios closed but I continued working freelance with major stars like, Merle Haggard, David Allan Coe, John Denver, Ray Charles, Keith Urban, Shania Twain, Toby Keith, Bruce Hornsby, Sawyer Brown, Elton John, Elvis Costello, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (including the multi-Grammy award winning Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volumes 2 & 3 projects), and actors like Steve Martin, Steven Seagal and Billy Bob Thornton. I have engineered over 600 Billboard Top 40 hits including 60 number ones. I engineered over 100 gold, platinum and multi-platinum records, have received 9 Grammy citations, 6 Golden Reel Awards and twice been "Country Music Engineer Of The Year". In 2016, I was given a "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Audio Engineering Society and was also inducted into the "Musicians Hall of Fame". I also engineered television shows, movie sound tracks and Cleo winning commercials. I've been interviewed by, and quoted in, Mix Magazine, EQ Magazine, Pro Sound News Magazine, CMA's Close Up Magazine, domestic and foreign newspapers, and books such as "Tammy Wynette, Tragic Country Queen" by Jimmy McDonough and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by Jack Isenhour. I have served as a guest speaker for The Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum, The Musician's Hall Of Fame And Museum, Belmont University, and other organizations. I am a member of The Country Music Association, the Audio Engineering Society, a signatory producer with The American Federation of Musicians and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Along the way I have had over fifty of the songs I have written recorded by stars such as John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Earl Thomas Conley, Johnny Rodriguez, Sonny James, Levon Helm, Billy Joe Royal, Neal McCoy, Toby Keith and others. I have produced albums for country artists like Merle Haggard and The Marcy Brothers, rockers like Tony Joe White and Marshal Chapman, jazz artist Joel Benefiel, Americana artist Danny Darst, as well as "Indie" artists.