Folk singer best known for Wait Here For the Cops in which partner Sergio Webb used his guitar to imitate a police siren.
He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but joined Simpson, Bland Simpson's band, before he could finish.
He formed a band called The X-Rays after moving to Nashville in 1973.
He grew up with an older brother.
His songs were covered by many artists, including Johnny Cash, Laurie Lewis, and Steve Earle.