Hank was born in Slaton, Texas and was barely out of high school when his mentor, Red Hayes, recommended him to Country star Faron Young as a replacement for Vassar Clements. Within a few months, Hank had played on his first #1 record - Faron Young's recording of "Four in the Morning."
Hank spent almost thirty years in Nashville compiling an impressive list of credits as a session player and sideman with top artists on stage and in the studio such as Ray Price, Alan Jackson, The Gatlin Brothers, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Hank Williams, Jr., Tracy Lawrence, Roy Clark, Michael Martin Murphey, Gary Allan, Tanya Tucker, Lee Ann Womack, George Jones, Miranda Lambert, and Brooks & Dunn. Hank's former bossman, Johnny Bush, acknowledges Hank as the best honky-tonk fiddler of the day.
He has recently relocated to his native Texas to continue playing the traditional country music he loves.