“If you’ve tuned in to WDVX-FM in recent weeks hoping to catch that beloved local program “Writer’s Block” on Wednesday nights, you’ve been out of luck. Host and creator Karen E. Reynolds amicably left the station at the end of December — all on good terms (”I love the station, but it was time to move on in order to grow,” she told me over the weekend) and still fully in love with the grassroots, artist-oriented philosophy of WDVX. But “Writer’s Block” lives on. After almost 15 years on WDVX, the program will move to WFIV-FM, i105, starting March 13. And it’s getting bigger: It’ll be a two-hour show instead of just one, and it’ll be on twice a week as well, on Wednesdays and on Saturdays. Reynolds said she decided on a “cooling-off” period for “Writer’s Block” instead of immediately jumping to another station out of respect to WDVX. She didn’t enter negotiations with WFIVuntil after she’d stepped down from WDVX — “I’m the ‘loyal’ type”
"With a melodious alto and a penchant for writing everything from wickedly witty to staggeringly beautiful lyrics, she became a force in the local music scene."
“For the 11th year running, Blount County Public Library is presenting its “Hot Summer Nights” concert series. Kicking off the series this year is singer/songwriter Karen E. Reynolds. The East Tennessee native has been working in the music business for about 35 years, 20 of them as a full-time performing songwriter and recording artist. During a recent phone interview, Reynolds said she is excited to take part in the library’s summer series. “They really just want to make the library a cultural center by exposing their patrons to both books and music and film and all the variety of events that the library puts on,” Reynolds said. “It increases that cultural awareness of all different types of the arts. And I think that’s very important. They approa”
““Bob’s a wordy critter,” mused Karen Reynolds as she commanded the stage next with a wonderful trio set up including a proficient upright bassist and none other than local lead guitar champion Terry “Teep” Phillips decked out in his tie-dyed t-shirt and blue-jean overalls to bring quite the splash of color to the diorama. Karen’s lower-ranged female vocals slated a new angle on “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” before surprising me with an airy, upbeat and almost jazzy take on “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”. Terry’s unashamed Garcia influences were at home in this platform, and the song seemed to clear the air for cheerful anticipation of creative indulgence that the night would deliver. She ended the set with a chuggin’, toe-tapping “Mississippi” and garnered much response."”
"An Americana singer songwriter in the realm of creativity as Cheryl Wheeler, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, James Taylor and Carole King."
"Karen’s voice is a treasure in itself. She could sing a rousing version of ”The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” for forty five minutes with an ovation of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and it would be worth it. Her vocal gift that is well honed but not over-used, has a folksy style reminiscent of Judy Collins, Mary Chapin-Carpetner, even a little Dido…..if Dido were a good ole’ Southern gal that looks like she is as comfortable on stage as she might be in a fishing boat or playing fetch with some muddy labradors."