Carl was born in the mountain community of Princeton, W.V. He started playing guitar at 9 years old, and soon discovered Bluegrass and Old Time Music through local Fiddler’s Conventions. He became an accomplished guitarist, winning the prestigious Galax Fiddler’s Convention for the first time at age 17.
He won many contests, and participated actively in those events until he left for Virginia Tech to pursue an Electrical Engineering degree. Near Virginia Tech, there were many stars in the making, who often gathered for some music on or near campus.
After graduation, Carl moved to East Tennessee to work with Texas Instruments in Johnson City, TN. Many folks in the Tri-Cities areas were regulars at local festivals, conventions and clubs who went on to solid performing careers. After 12 years in the Tri-Cities and the sale of his company division, Carl moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. Here he joined New Vintage as a bassist and toured extensively with them for a while. After a while, Carl found that he missed Tennessee and made a tough decision and moved to Nashville.
After touring with Kevin Williamson and Shadow Ridge, Dale Ann Bradley, and several other groups, he left the road and focused on career and family, still performing with local groups around the Nashville area with several groups and often collaborating with Don Hill and Randy Holland. After co-founding a successful software company, and following several years of the long hours required to stabilize such a venture, Carl again found himself back in the mood to perform some music. Carl today performs in several groups, including Clarence Kelly & Nu Cut Road, Concord Road, the New Rock City Ramblers, Tennessee Border, and Old Hickory, as well as being called on for solo and substitution shows.
In addition to playing mandolin, guitar, bass and some fiddle, Carl is an accomplished songwriter as well. He penned “You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper” which became a title cut, video and a number one chart song for Doyle Lawson in 2005. He newest recorded project of original songs, “Down Another Lonesome Highway”, was released this past February and features Carl on most all the instruments and vocals, with some help from some very talented friends.