American guitarist and comedian otherwise known by the nicknames Guitar Guy and Papa Gates.
He played guitar in the band The Plastic Mind at age ten.
His novel Carney Man was published in 2005.
He has a daughter with his second wife, Suzy Haner. He had sons named Brian and Brent with his first wife. Brian is better known as Synyster Gates.
He was a featured performer on the Jeff Dunham 2008 Very Special Christmas Special.