Carl was born in Alabama to "musical parents". He began singing at the age of 3 in churches with his family. He is a fifth generation musician, whose heritage spans back to his great great grandfather and uncles who played music in the early days of country music. He was reared in Bluegrass music by his mother and dad who came onto the Bluegrass scene in the 60s as the Osborne Brothers were making themselves a name. His father, Joe Towns, was a sharecropper's son, who farmed the Alabama landscape for many years while playing music with his father, brothers and sisters in a group called The Southern Travelers.
Carl was born into this tradition, and first got serious about playing an instrument in 1980 as he learned the Upright Bass, then Guitar and then Mandolin. Carl began playing with his family, "The Bluegrass Harmoneers" at the age of 14 as Bass player and sometime singer.
As he grew in skill and confidence, he switched to Mandolin and more lead singing. This ultimately led to Carl signing with Greenback Records in 1998 and touring as Carl T. Towns singing country and bluegrass music around Europe and the United States. After his stint with Greenback, Carl formed Cherokee Wind and began touring again performing strictly Bluegrass music.
After members of Cherokee Wind became sick(including his mother), Carl chose to travel with Blue River in the early 2000s and tour with them instead of pursuing Cherokee Wind further. he played for several years with Blue River which was the house band for Hoofers Gospel Barn in LaGrange, Georgia.
Carl Joined various groups and finally settled on working his own band by calling on his many musician friends to make the Carl Towns Band happen. As he began performing with Elliot Varner and Brett Martin, Carl found a need to develop and write songs, planning on releasing a project in 2018. Carl has written hundreds of songs, and had some success in having them recorded. Paricularly, "Misty Mountain Morning" by Rob Mashburn of Pinnacle boys fame. And most recently, "Midnight Train", record by Mike Bentley and Cumberland Gap Connection.
It is at this time of hiatus, that Carl was approached by Eric and August to play with BFN&CO and it seemed like the perfect time had finally came. The stars had finally aligned.