“Oh, this American dream — it’s not at all what it seems,” Kari Arnett warns, backed by minor-key piano arpeggios, haunting fiddle and four-on-the-floor kickdrum pulses. “This American Life” captures the zeitgeist of the modern age, drawing a line between what was promised in school and what was actually delivered in the real world. - Rolling Stone

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/best-country-songs-tucker-beathard-dolly-parton-761899/

"there’s no question her songwriting is fueled with a Middle America spirit – there’s no dross or added fat on these songs and the laser focus Arnett brings to her art sets her apart from many peers and contemporaries." - No Depression

http://nodepression.com/album-review/kari-arnetts-first-full-length-studio-album

 
 
Photo By: Chris Duke

Photo By: Chris Duke

BIO

Authentic is the word most often used to describe Kari Arnett. An artist willing to be intimate and vulnerable with her fans.  Her debut EP Midwestern Skyline (2015) solidified her place on the Americana scene as an artistic and personal breakthrough. Its 7 songs plumb the limits of her courage and fears to emerge as triumphant proof of Arnett's journey of musical self-discovery — a route that led her from her birthplace of Madison, WI to singing on stages as a young child, teaching herself piano and guitar, onto performing around the Midwest and, finally, through the artistic and personal metamorphosis that’s resulted in the balance of beauty, vulnerability and honesty captured in the stories on Midwestern Skyline.  Produced by Chris Mittlesteadt (Happenstance Studios - Reedsburg, WI) the beauty lies in the lack of production and the organic approach of a stripped-down album.  With bold honesty and lush instrumentation on the songs "Heavy Heart" and "Casualties", and in the simplicity of its most reflective tracks - "Lake Michigan" and "Love Someone". 

 

Kari Arnett released her debut full-length (11 track) album (When The Dust Settles) on September 20 2018 (Produced by: Danny O'Brien (Hot Dad Labs - Minneapolis, MN | Mastered By: Huntley Miller) which is already getting positive reviews from Rolling Stone, No Depression, Wide Open Country, The Bluegrass Situation, The Daily Country, Americana Highways, and more. 

SHORT BIO: 

Based in Minneapolis, MN Americana singer/songwriter Kari Arnett offers up authentic Midwestern feelings and has shared the stage with Paul Thorn, Frazey Ford, Chastity Brown, Michael McDermott, and Laney Jones and The Spirits. Her vocal style has often been compared to Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna with a vulnerable grit as honest as her songs and inhabits the folk-country borderlands.  Arnett's single, "Heavy Heart", received praise as well as a feature from American Songwriter Magazine as well as other great reviews in The Alternate Root, and Revival Music Magazine.  Her debut EP, "Midwestern Skyline", was released in 2015 and she is working towards a releasing her full-length album, "When The Dust Settles" which comes out September 20, 2018 and is already garnering positive acclaim from Rolling Stone, No Depression, Wide Open Country, The Bluegrass Situation and more. 

 
Photo By: Tyler Anderson

Photo By: Tyler Anderson

Quotes

 

Americana Highways

Perhaps no one song better defined 2018 than Kari Arnett’s “Only a Woman” and that’s why it’s my choice for Song of The Year. The Wisconsin-born Arnett assembled a group of Minneapolis musicians to record her debut album. When The Dust Settles is a remarkable set of personal songs that rise to a moral referendum on the state of the country and its soul and character. -https://americanahighways.org/2018/12/23/and-in-2018-nevertheless-we-persisted/

Rolling Stone

“Oh, this American dream — it’s not at all what it seems,” Kari Arnett warns, backed by minor-key piano arpeggios, haunting fiddle and four-on-the-floor kickdrum pulses. “This American Life” captures the zeitgeist of the modern age, drawing a line between what was promised in school and what was actually delivered in the real world.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/best-country-songs-tucker-beathard-dolly-parton-761899/

Bill DeVille - DJ & Host of The United States of Americana 89.3 FM The Current (Minneapolis, MN)

“Kari Arnett is one of the hardest working Americana artists in the Twin Cities scene. There is some sharp songwriting on this touching batch of songs. When the Dust Settles is her best yet!”

 

 

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

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

Photo By: Chad Cochran -  http://www.cowtownchad.com

Photo By: Chad Cochran - http://www.cowtownchad.com