THE HOME FIRES KARI ARNETT THE FEDERALES JASON PAULSON BAND
AMERICANA ARTIST OF THE YEAR This award goes to an individual or group that best represents the Americana Music defined as contemporary music that incorporates elements of various, mostly acoustic, American roots music styles including country, roots-rock, folk, gospel & bluegrass resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital, Americana also often uses a full electric band.
Jason Paulson Band
If Americana, blues, country, and folk were personified, they’d be sitting at a bar with Jason Paulson’s bold, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice at the head of the table-Elmore Magazine
The guitar is outstanding here, with cool slide in the left channel, and a punchy acoustic guitar in the right channel, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt.-Nashville Blues Society
Paulson is the rare musician with an immaculate sense of melody, writes well-thought out lyrics, keeps rhythm, solos like a guitar hero and sings as well as anyone.-Southern Minn Scene
Classic country for the modern world.
We're not from the Black Hills, the Texas Panhandle, or Appalachia. We're from the Twin Cities. Damn proud of it, too, but we play country music, because it's one of America's native languages.
We use it to tell our stories of love, good times, Grain Belt, and friends. Some are fact. Some are fiction with the truth hiding in there somewhere. All of them are heartfelt.
We're pickers, fiddlers, groovers, and harmonizers. We're ready to make you sing along, get up and dance, or just sit and tap your toes. We're The Federales.
"Don't let my disdain for what I call 'beard-rock' fool you — man, I fucking love country, and I love when it's done right. And I'm gonna say: The Federales, from what I can tell, tick every god-damn box possible." — l'etoile Magazine
"Heartbroken lyrics sound like they'd fit right in at a summertime backyard party." — The Current
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 took her songs on the road to promote her EP. Her newest full length album was released September 20, 2018:
When The Dust Settles.
When The Dust Settles has been featured in Rolling Stone, No Depression, Wide Open Country, The Daily Country, The Bluegrass Situation, and more!
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), Chastity Brown, Paul Thorn, Erin Rae.
Kari Arnett is currently splitting her time between Madison, WI and Nashville, TN.
The Home Fires
The Home Fires is a new Americana duo from Minneapolis comprised of acclaimed singer/songwriters Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. While both women continue to pursue successful solo careers and tour on a national basis, they have joined forces to launch this new project. In 2016, Sarah and Vicky became friends and tour mates. On their first Midwest tour, it was undeniable after a few shows that they had discovered a brand new sound. The combination of Sarah’s clear, melodic voice and Vicky’s warm, weathered tone created a completely unique harmony combination that continues to resonate with audiences and has propelled them into the forefront of their local music scene. Sarah and Vicky chose the name The Home Fires because 'Home' represents their love for their children and families, and 'Fire' represents their continued passion for music and songwriting. They both have accepted the challenge and support each other in the intricate balancing act of being a mother while pursuing a career in music. The duo has gained traction in the Midwest through touring, residencies and opening slots for Frankie Lee and Ben Rector. Their live show includes piano, guitars and often hilarious stage banter. They are currently co-writing songs in the car when they tour on the weekends in anticipation of a full length Americana album.