Winner of Four GRAMMY AWARDS.

Two GRAMMY AWARDS (artist and producer) for LEGACY with Doc Watson – Best Folk Recording 2003

Two GRAMMY AWARDS (artist and producer) for STELLALUNA – Best Children’s Spoken Word Recording 1997

Eight GRAMMY nominations.

Named “The Best of the New Generation” by Esquire Magazine in its first annual Register of Men and Women Who Are Changing America (1984)

Inducted into the National Storytelling Association’s “Hall of Fame” Circle of Excellence

Three-time winner of the FRETS magazine readers’ poll for “best old-time banjoist”

University of North Carolina “Razor Walker Award” (1993) “Presented to individuals in the service of youth who have demonstrated vision, tenacity, sacrifice and courage. Those who walk the razor’s edge.”

2007 The Brown-Hudson Folklore Award
The North Carolina Folklore Society presents the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award to persons who have in special ways contributed to the appreciation, continuation, or study of North Carolina folk traditions.