Growing up in rural south central Wisconsin, Kari Arnett was experimenting with writing, playing, and singing music from a young age, including teaching herself to play piano. It wasn't until her early 20s that Arnett taught herself guitar and began performing as a traveling musician. Soon her inspirations led her to draw rich sounds from older country/folk styles of music and brought her into the Americana scene. Surfacing lyrics from love and loss, Arnett's lush, imaginative, storyteller approach to narrative songwriting may appeal to fans of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch or Neko Case. While more old-school folk/country lovers, who enjoy Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams or Emmylou Harris, may appreciate Arnett's use of music as the universal outlet to convey emotion in the spaces between the silence and the sound.
Arnett released her first EP Midwestern Skyline in July of 2015 and has garnered praise from American Songwriter (Nashville,TN), as well as critical acclaim from local and national music critics.
Kari has performed at many prestigious stages such as: The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN), The Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis, MN), Aster Cafe (Minneapolis, MN), Alpine Valley VIP Club (East Troy, WI), High Noon Saloon (Madison, WI) and many more. With her fans support and enthusiastic responses from the press, Arnett takes her songs on the road to support her album.
Kari Arnett has performed with many amazing artists such as: Tyler Gilbert (CA), Michael McDermott, The Wind and The Wave, Kaleo, Laney Jones and The Spirits, Frazey Ford (The Be Good Tanyas), Mary Bragg, Emily Keener (The Voice), Mary Bragg, Chastity Brown, Paul Thorn.
Currently based in Minneapolis, Kari Arnett is a singer/songwriter who procures a light of introspection while live onstage and whose voice touches the depths of souls.
3/13/2018 - My project was fully funded on Kickstarter as of February 14! I have been in the studio all last week tracking for the album at Hot Dad Labs in Minneapolis with producer/engineer, Danny O'Brien. I can't wait until everyone hears what we are creating. I can promise you that this is my best work so far. I will be finishing up the recording process towards the end of March. Thank you to everyone who has backed my campaign, and to all who have supported me on this journey!
1/22/2018 - I launched my FIRST KICKSTARTER today, and announced that I will be going into the studio (Hot Dad Labs - Danny O'Brien // Minneapolis, MN) to make my first full-length record titled, "When The Dust Settles". I am so excited and we are going in strong. To stay up to date or to BACK THE PROJECT go HERE >> PREORDER KARI ARNETT'S ALBUM
1/6/18 - It's a new year indeed, which means new music. Dates in the studio are booked. No turning back now...stay tuned on how you can be a part of this experience.
10/28/17 - BIG NEWS - I am honored to share the night at the Worthington Memorial Auditorium in Worthington, MN with rising Americana artist, Chastity Brown as part of the Caravan du Nord on Saturday, November 11th at 7pm. This event is hosted by the MN Music Coalition and sponsored by The Current.
Stay tuned for my upcoming pre-order campaign - COMING SOON!
9/5/17 - Super excited to partner up with my super amazing designer friend Latasia Dhami to create a LIMITED EDITION 8.5 x 11 LOVE SOMEONE poster! For every poster sold, 100 % of the proceeds will go to help affected Hurricane Harvey victims. It's a win/win. You can find the poster in the STORE. Once they are gone, they are gone, so get them while you can, for a good cause. They will be ready to ship Friday, September 9th.
In other news, I will be heading down to Nashville to partake in the AMERICANAFEST conference and festival. Looking forward to all the good times that trip will bring!
Stay tuned in the coming month because I will be talking about all things NEW ALBUM.
Peace and Love!
7/30/17 - I will be heading to the MILE OF MUSIC in Appleton, WI August 3-6th. Please go to mileofmusic.com for more info!
Also, take a look at the latest interview I did with Rift Magazine (Minneapolis, MN)!! Link will also be posted in the PRESS section. http://riftmagazine.com/2017/07/20/interview-kari-arnett/
Thanks to Rich Horton for the interview and thanks to the FANS for making this possible.
5/31/17 - It's getting to be summertime! Here are some new things that are happening with me. I just had the fortunate opportunity to open for Frazey Ford (The Be Good Tanyas) at The Cedar Cultural Center last night in Minneapolis. What a venue, and what a time! I am so incredibly grateful to have shared a stage with her and her awesome band. I feel lucky to have been in such good company! The whole experience was just amazing. Here is an awesome review/with photos of the show from Jessica Boldt of Twin Cities Media. Thanks to Jessica, the staff at The Cedar, the band, Frazey Ford, and to the attentive crowd! Truly a night to remember. I will post link below and also on the PRESS section of my page.
I will be heading to Madison, WI Sunday, June 4th to open for Michael McDermott at the High Noon Saloon. And as I mentioned previously, I am excited to take part in the new festival called Between The Waves, also in Madison, WI which runs from June 15-18th. There are going to be lots of cool things with this festival, I'll be playing alongside some of Madison's best artists, and also will be there to see key note speakers such as, Butch Vig (Garbage, Smart Studios), Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger), Paul Broucek (President, Music, Warner Bros. Pictures), and more! For more info on this awesome conference and festival please head on over to: http://www.btwmadison.com
For show information please go to the TOUR section of my page or head over to my Facebook page for all the updated events!
5/4/17 - I have recently updated my TOUR section and added lots of fun, new dates for May/June! I can't wait to see what's in store for this Summer, and I am excited to have been included on the line-up for a new festival/conference happening in my home city, Madison, WI called Between The Waves happening 6/15-6/18! Also, if you any of you have the nifty Bandsintown app, please FOLLOW my profile on there to catch where I will be playing next. Just got word I am also now VERIFIED on Spotify, so make sure you follow my page on there as well, so when the new music hits, YOU will be the first to hear it! Thanks for all the support, I wouldn't be able to do this without you!
4/10/17 - I had the fortunate opportunity to have my song Love Someone on a compilation CD for the Wisconsin Roots Music Co-op // Driftless Books & Music (Viroqua, WI) for SPRING 2017. There are tons of great artists on it such as: (The Pines, Undlin & Wolfe, Andrew Hughes (TUGG), Chris Koza, etc. If you can, check out their Facebook pages, and/or go to: wisconsinrootsmusic.com // driftlessbooks.com
In addition to that amazing-ness, I also performed for their Wisconsin Roots Music Co-op Studio Session. Stay tuned as I will post when the videos are ready to air on YouTube. Thanks to Eddy Nix, Ed Danger and the countless other folks who worked tirelessly to make that fun happen! Stay tuned!
2/23/17 - I am so excited to have joined the Sofar Sounds family. I played my first Sofar Sounds show on 2/19/17 in Minneapolis. Much love and thanks to the Sofar team for making that night super special. I have also toured a studio in Minneapolis and I am getting closer to start that journey. More updates to come.
1/12/17 - Hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year! I have a slew of Spring dates and am in the process of writing for my next album. Stay tuned!
12/11/16 - Happy Holidays near and far! I updated the links/press sections of my website to include the latest review by The Alternate Root! Thanks Danny McCloskey for your beautiful words. I also had some photos done recently that I have shared on Instagram as well as my Facebook page. You all NEED to check out these photos (link to Driftless Visuals in the links section). Thank you Tyler for your artistry! I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday season and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
11/15/16 - I can't believe that this year is almost over! What a year! This has honestly been one of the most humbling times in my life and I can't be more pleased with all the accomplishments Midwestern Skyline has made. When I set out to make this EP, I had no idea what I was doing, and I took all of my best songs and teamed up with some amazing people and they helped me on the journey to make this vision a reality. I've learned a lot about myself and about what kind of artist I want to be. I want to start off by thanking two more reviewers: Desney Cody and Richard Wagenaar (links will be posted in the press section), I am so grateful that people are so kind in their reviews. You never know how people will react to your art, so I am thankful that the response has generally been so positive. When I write music, it is coming from deep in my soul, and it's super scary to let those feelings and thoughts go out into the world. I want to venture deeper - and I am writing NEW music right now! I have no shows currently lined up until next year. Thanks to everyone who I shared a stage with, the venues for having me, all the radio love, the reviewers, and most importantly, to YOU the fans! I can't wait to see y'all in 2017!
9/9/16 - Fall is in the air! What a wonderful year of shows so far and I only have a handful left for 2016. I am excited to say that in less than a couple weeks I will be in Nashville, TN attending the Americanafest Conference!! In addition to attending some AMAZING panels and seeing showcases, I will be playing in a round alongside some fantastic songwriters (Sarah Morris, Anna Laube, Vicky Emerson) 9/22/16 at the Millennium Maxwell House 7pm. Also, on 9/25/16, I will be playing a set at Belcourt Taps 7:30pm. Catch a LIVE ON THE AIR performance THIS UPCOMING SUNDAY 9/11/16 by tuning in to 106.1 BOB COUNTRY after 8pm with Paul Thomas, it's sure to be fun! I am honestly so grateful and can't believe that over a year ago releasing Midwestern Skyline has brought me all of these wonderful experiences. MY LAST SHOW OF 2016 will be a really good one, so make sure you come and support. I will be playing at a newer venue in Minneapolis called The Warming House with another Twin Cities based artist, Dan Rodriguez. Let me tell you, this place is amazing and you won't want to miss it. THURSDAY OCTOBER 27, 2016 8PM
TICKETS HERE: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1299513
6/30/16 - Summer is flying by and I can already tell you this is one of the BEST summer's I've ever had! Just this past weekend I got to sit in with a Wisconsin band, Old Soul Society on vocals to do the before and after party in the VIP Club at Alpine Valley (Elkorn, WI) for the Zac Brown Band concert 6-25-16. Truly a memorable experience. Thanks to OSS for having me fill in for the day! HUGE shout-out to Shana at Revival Music Magazine in Los Angeles, CA for the awesome interview! The link will be posted in the PRESS and LINKS section of my page. Another excited adventure is that I was in Madison, WI all last week for Girls Rock Camp. I love being a part of this organization as they help young women find community and confidence through the power of music. Thanks to Beth Kille and the whole staff for making my 3rd year rock! Super grateful for all these amazing opportunities. Stay tuned!
5/13/16 - Wow! What an amazing past few weeks this has been! On 5-3-16, I had the honor and pleasure of recording a few songs at the famous DAYTROTTER studio in Davenport/Rock Island! I had been dreaming about thatfor a long time! Thanks so much to Sean Moeller for the invite down! Then I had received an invite for the 5/5 to open up for well known Americana artist, Paul Thorn at the iconic Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in Minneapolis. HUGE gratitude goes to Dan Eikmeier, the venue was everything and more! Much thanks also goes out to Bree Noble of the Women of Substance Radio and Podcast network for including Heavy Heart on show #383! I am honored to be in that realm of amazing female artists! Continued gratitude goes out to ALL the awesome radio stations continuing to play my songs: The Great Unknown Radio, 106.1 Homemade Jams, Pioneer 90.1 and more. I could not have imagined all of this a few years ago.
Also huge shout-out to Raymond Swennen out of Roots Revival Belgium for the awesome review!! All links will be posted on the links page. THANK YOU to everyone who has been so supportive. Much love!!
I am so excited and super THANKFUL for ALL the recent radio spins! Much gratitude. Thank you so much to 106.1 FM Milwaukee and the Homemade Jams show. Duncan and team, YOU ROCK! Please tune in tonight at 10pm - 4/24/16 to their awesome Country station to hear my song, Heavy Heart! I will post the link below! ALSO - THANK YOU to Gabby Parsons for picking my song Lake Michigan to be a part of her Local Show on 105.5 Triple M - Madison, WI which airs from 8-9pm also tonight. So incredibly grateful to you all!
Thank you to the BOB Country team 106.1 FM Twin Cities (Paul Thomas) for spinning Heavy Heart tonight! 4/17/16. I appreciate all you do for your homegrown artists and music! #country
HUGE THANKS to Christi Mastley for reviewing Midwestern Skyline from her amazing blog, Minnexplore! Link provided below! I appreciate what you do and LOVE your blog Christi! :)
I am honored that my song, Heavy Heart has been included as part of the Women of Substance radio program, What's On My iPod for the week of April 4-8 2016! Thanks to Bree Noble and the Women of Substance team! I am thankful for that opportunity!!
Hello all!! I can't believe it's April 2016 already!! What a whirlwind. I have a long list of people to thank for being so supportive of my music! WAPL Homebrewed 105.7 Appleton for playing "Casualties", Annabel Lee for including "Love Someone, and Heavy Heart" on the Hersong radio show WDRT Community Radio 91.9 FM, Amber at Club Wisconsin WWSP 90 FM, and Bree Noble at Women of Substance Radio and Podcast! I am excited to announce that "Heavy Heart" has been featured on their "What's On My iPod" show of which you can vote for my song!. http://www.wosradio.com/new-music/
A big THANK YOU goes out to Bill DeVille on 89.3 The Current for playing "Heavy Heart" on The United States of Americana on Sunday, February 14! Also to Carl Unbehaun and Pioneer Radio 90.1 and the Minnesota Home Brew Radio Show for playing "Casualties"! Much gratitude.
Tune in to 91.7 WSUM Madison, WI on DECEMBER 14th to hear an acoustic set/interview around 6:30pm or stream it LIVE at http://www.wsum.org
Just wanted to give a special THANK YOU to Ellen Stanley and the Womenfolk program on KFAI Radio 90.3/106.7 Twin Cities for featuring me as a "Womenfolk Find" for the month of November! Also shout-out to Jonathan Little of (The Train and The Fast Train Americana Radio), The Great Unknown Radio, and WSUM 97.1 FM Madison for playing my songs, Heavy Heart and Casualties! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! So much to be thankful for! :)
Hey Ya'll! I sure am grateful for all the opportunities that are being presented lately! Thank you ALL for joining me on this awesome ride. In other news, I made the front page of The Baraboo News Republic!! So surreal and awesome. Huge thanks goes to Ben Bromley of The Baraboo News Republic. Here is the link to read the article. http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/article_d00500ac-11a5-53e6-bdf3-0fc36f50f9b2.html
Thank you to Rick Tvedt of Local Sounds Magazine in Madison, WI for his review of Midwestern Skyline! I am grateful to you for it! http://magazine.localsounds.org/2015/10/08/kari-arnett-midwestern-skyline/
I am pleased to announce that I have been chosen for American Songwriter's Daily Discovery!
I will post the link so that you all can see it! Thanks to American Songwriter for this amazing
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I am so pleased to tell that I had one of my dreams come true this month!! I sang at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN! This has been on my list for a long time and it felt magical to share my songs on that stage.
Stay tuned as hopefully soon, I will share some more surprises!
I am so excited to tell you that you can now find me on Pandora and Spotify! Both of which I am huge fans of. Also, in addition to purchasing my album, Midwestern Skyline on CD Baby and my website store, you can also digitally purchase through iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play! For booking information please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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More news to come!
People are more "up in arms" over Kanye's tweets rather than the 4 people who were murdered today at Waffle House.… https://t.co/JvYKd8staA
It's crazy (and exciting) to think I'll have a new record out for next year's Record Store Day. https://t.co/Kxrlz6fysK
It's funny when people say they don't recognize me without my hat on. Guess I'll have to break it out more often. #hatlife
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Rift Magazine - (Minneapolis, MN)
"Kari Arnett has moved here all the way from rural south central Wisconsin to pursue a career in music and has done a good job acclimating herself to that scene.
Her fans came through and got her into the top five of Rift Magazine’s 100 Days of Local music. I can see why they like her and her sound. It’s smooth and easy to listen to, with stories and hooks. Closer to the country side of “Alt” country, Arnett has honed her craft." - Rich Horton
La Crosse Tribune - (La Crosse, WI)
"She has that kind of voice, with the range and command it takes to summon deep, sometimes dark emotions." - Randy Erickson
Twin Cities Media - (Minneapolis, MN)
"Out of Arnett flows some of the most chillingly beautiful vocals. Watching Arnett last night I was reminded of early Stevie Nicks mixed with a twinge of Dolly Parton. Arnett’s heartfelt lyrics are ones that stop you in your tracks; she sings with a presence that commands attention." - Jessica Boldt
The Alternate Root - (Palm Springs, CA)
"Melancholy is an ever-present force in the voice of Kari Arnett. Backed with the ethereal melodies of Americana, Kari Arnett uses the space in between the notes as a secret ingredient in the songs she collects as Midwestern Skyline, her recent E.P. release." - Danny McCloskey
The Next Gig - (Netherlands, EU)
" The skyrocketing talent is already making serious headway and is increasingly appreciated in the United States. Whoever listens to 'Midwestern Skyline' will certainly hear the potential of this singer. " - Richard Wagenaar
DEZ MUSIC BLOG - (Minneapolis, MN)
" Her soft vocals and the light tone of her guitar that makes the listener able to immerse themselves into the album fully and take it all in. It’s a classic story of love, loss, heartbreak and trying to fill the spaces in-between that is so relatable, and that makes the listener want more..." - Desney Cody Rift Magazine
Revival Music Magazine - (Los Angeles, CA)
" It’s exciting when a new voice emerges that feels like it is meant to soon become one of your standards. Even more so when that voice sits on a foundation of strong songwriting and storytelling." - Shana RMM
Roots Revival - (Belgium, EU )
" For us, for sure, Kari Arnett is a new face on the Americana music scene. Midwestern Skyline is a perfect 7 song album which gives you a great feeling about what Americana music should sound like. 10/10" - Raymond Swennen
Minnexplore: Minnesota Culture and Stories (MN)
"Her voice is the star attraction here. Flexible and expressive, it’s somehow ethereal and robust at the same time. Listen to “Concrete and Honey” and you’ll see what I mean. (If you’re looking for specific comparisons: Deanna Carter might have sounded like this had she chosen folk over country.)" - Christi Mastley
Local Sounds Magazine (Madison, WI)
"Arnett’s music is rooted in Loretta Lynn country but there’s much more to it than that. The emotional depth of her storytelling is matched by the elegance of the melodies and the power of her voice, a sound full of mournfulness and life experience that will speak to your soul." - Rick Tvedt
Baraboo News Republic (Baraboo, WI)
"Her sound has evolved from pop to incorporate southern rock and country influences. Arnett’s brand of Americana music draws comparisons to Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell." - Ben Bromley
American Songwriter Magazine (Nashville, TN)
Kari Arnett has been featured by American Songwriter as a Daily Discovery. (2015)
Daytrotter (Rock Island, IL)
Sean Moeller's Picks from Daytrotter mentioning Kari Arnett as a Discovery.
Brava Magazine (Madison, WI)
"Arnett known for her provocative lyrics and catchy melodies, capture crowds with her striking voice and mixed pop and folk-rock musical stylings."