Vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and founder of the country-rock group Pure Prairie League. He later sang lead vocals for the rock band Little Feat.
He founded Pure Prairie League in 1969 with musical collaborators George Ed Powell and John David Call.
He recorded two 1970s albums with the folk rock band American Flyer.
He fathered four children and, at various points in his life, lived in Ohio, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
He was recruited as the Little Feat lead vocalist because his vocal quality was eerily similar to that of the band's deceased frontman Lowell George.