In honor of Kari Arnett’s new debut album, Midwestern Skyline, we are doing a little Quickfire Q&A!
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.
RMM Favorite Track: Lake Michigan (listen to track below)
Let’s get to know Kari a little:
Quickfire Q&A with Kari Arnett
Coffee or Tea?
I am a self professed coffee addict!
So many. Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Neko Case, Stevie Nicks, Lucinda Williams… to name a few.
Tom Petty, Jason Isbell, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, Eagles, Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Stevie Ray Vaughan and so much more.
Best childhood memory?
Getting my first Yamaha keyboard at 6 years old. I jumped for joy!
Favorite place to be?
Somewhere in nature, with my guitar and my notebook.
Netflix marathons, nice bourbon and chocolate.
Favorite music related experience to date?
Playing the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN. One of the best experiences of my life.
Best piece of advice for young aspiring female musicians?
Don’t be afraid of being honest and being who you are. Listen to the little voice inside and always trust yourself. Authenticity and originality is a breath of fresh air. Not everyone is going to love what your doing and that is okay, love and have passion for what you do, and you’ll go far.
When you feel most inspired to write?
Usually when I spend time being alone and I often write a little every day. Mostly late at night.
What do you most hope to accomplish with your music?
I hope that I can connect with people and let them know that we are all in this together. Music is a universal vehicle in which we can all relate to in some way or another. I hope that my words and music may comfort and inspire the next generation. I plan on making more albums and hopefully reaching more people.
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, poetic approach to narrative songwriting may appeal to fans of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch or Brandi Carlile. While more old-school folk/country lovers, who enjoy Joni Mitchell, 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.
Currently based in Minneapolis/St.Paul, Kari Arnett is a singer/songwriter who procures a light of introspection while live onstage and whose voice touches the depths of souls.