Well, you've just asked for the story of my life. Too long for this page, but here's a bio summary:
Born in Jacksonville, Florida.
Began playing guitar at age 14.
Educated at Georgia Tech.
Played 12 years in Gatlinburg, Tennessee as a member of the folk show group "The
Founding member of Pick'n'Grin Music in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Produced TV series "Bluegrass Banjo Level One" which ran
from 1982-1987 on The Learning Channel.
Produced eight books on banjo instruction. Has been a teacher of guitar and bluegrass banjo for 30 years with studios at
Pick'n'Grin in Knoxville.
In 2003 began
production of "The Banjo Experience", a 35-lesson PowerPoint