Mandolin player widely credited with originating the bluegrass subgenre known as Newgrass. He was named Mandolin Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 2007.
He won the National Fiddle Championship at age fifteen.
In 2001, he won the Album of the Year Grammy for his work on the soundtrack for the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
His father's name is Charlie.
He shared his Album of the Year Grammy with artists like fiddle player Alison Krauss.