Country singer's debut album was Country Club (1989).
He worked at a furniture store and as a supermarket clerk during his teen years.
His album It's All About to Change went multi-platinum.
He got married to Karen Ryon on September 1983, then to Jodi Barrett in 1984, and to Theresa Nelson on April 12, 1997.
He was a prominent member of Grand Ole Arpy along with Minnie Pearl.