Notable for his 2014 album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, which rose to number eight on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, he is also recognized for his singles "Living the Dream," "The Promise," and "Life Ain't Fair and the World Is Mean."
Before releasing his debut solo album, High Top Mountain, he served in the United States Navy; worked for the Union Pacific Railroad; and established a bluegrass music group called Sunday Valley.
He struggled with alcohol abuse during his younger years, but became sober in his late twenties.
Raised in Jackson and Versailles, Kentucky, he is the child of a police officer and a secretary. After settling in Nashville, Tennessee, he and his wife welcomed a son.
His music has been compared to that of Texas-born "Outlaw Country" genre singer Waylon Jennings.