Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, Gary began his musical career at 4 years old. Coming from a very musical family, he grew up singing and playing different instruments. Gary and his siblings began playing at KLAK radio in Denver, Colorado on a program called the Rocky Mountain Jamboree.
Over the years he has competed in guitar and mandolin contests at festivals throughout the central and western United States winning the National Flatpick Guitar Championship twice.
Gary joined the Bar D Wranglers in 1989, and has since played thousands of shows with the group at the Bar D Chuckwagon as well as around the country. Gary is married to Brigette Cook and they have two daughters, Chloe and Caris.