He grew up in Lubbock, TX and was involved in the music industry in promotions. At that time, he took the professional name of Johnny Travis. He was a member of the Country Music Association, was founder and producer of West Texas ''Roots'' Musical and author of ''American Citizen.'' He was a guitarist and song writer and wrote the words and music for ''Lucky Me I Live in Lubbock".
He died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001.