Karen is a native Virginian from Northern VA and has lived in the Richmond area for many years. Her first performance was at the Cellar Door in Washington, D.C at the age of 17. She began her music career as a solo singer songwriter and now performs most often with Barry and Lynn Trott under the band name "The Fireside Pickers". She plays the acoustic guitar, bass and mandolin. The new CD, Still Be Mine has 9 original songs written by Karen and 3 cover tunes. Barry's solo vocal on Ain't Misbehaving showcases a 1929 jazz swing song written by Andy Razaf. Barry and Lynn also perform with the Runaway String Band.
Karen also performs with a 12 member group of musicians, Swing Time, who perform locally pro bono for seniors in assisted living situations.