Karl was born in Kingwood, WV and raised in Elkins, WV, where he was steeped the central WV region's rich tradition of old time and bluegrass music. He began playing mandolin and guitar at age 11 and took up banjo shortly thereafter, regularly performing in church and at square dances.
He is a 2016 graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country music. While attending ETSU, he was a member of both the Universities elite Bluegrass Pride and Country Pride bands, and has since traveled the United States performing with bluegrass, old time, and country artists.
Karl currently resides in Nashville, TN and enjoys running, hiking, and attending concerts in his free time.