Country singer who incorporated honky-tonk and rockabilly into his music. His song "Hillbilly Rock" rose to a top ten position on U.S. country music charts.
Before pursuing a solo career, he played with Johnny Cash's back-up band.
He became the host of his own, self-titled show in 2008.
He was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He married his second wife Connie Smith in 1997.
He wed Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith.