Born in Higley, Arizona and raised in Bakersfield, California, the youngest of 13 children was born into a musical family.  One of Red's older brothers, Buster, was an early member of Bill Woods' Orange Blossom Playboys.  When Buster died unexpectedly, Bill Woods took Red under his wing.

Red would fill in as a guitarist for Bill at the Blackboard before becoming the piano player at the Clover Club.  Shortly thereafter, he cut his first record on Tally Records and had his first song recorded by the Farmer Boys.

Since then, nearly 200 artists have recorded his songs including Country Music Hall of Famers Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Close Up the Honky Tonks, You Don't Have Very Far To Go, The Highway Patrol, Gonna Have Love, Kansas City Song, and Sam's Place are just a few of the songs written by the BMI award winning songwriter.

When Capitol was searching for an artist to record a truck driving album, Red (who was writing for Central Songs) received the call and signed with the label.  In 1971, Hello, I'm a Truck peaked at #1 on the Record World singles chart.

Red stopped touring in 1984 and then focused on gigs in and around Bakersfield. For over 20 years, he was a fixture at Trout's on Monday nights.