Kari & Billy's involvement with Drury Outdoors' newest season "Thirteen" is a smash hit!
Kari & Billy, made their debut appearance on national television July 1st on the Outdoor Channel. The Nashville based duo, along with their original music are being featured weekly on every episode of Drury Outdoors' new season "Thirteen" which airs on the Outdoor Channel Tuesdays at 9pm and 11:30pm CT and Thursdays at 5:30pm CT.The first episode received raving reviews and left viewers looking for more! Drury Outdoors has always been on the cutting edge of hunting shows and their new series "Thirteen" is no exception. When the Drury Brothers contacted Kari & Billy about writing and recording fourteen original songs tailored to fit the contents of each unique episode, they knew it was a concept never before attempted on a hunting show. Combining the essence of country music and hunting seems to be a perfect fit since the demographic tends to be so similar. Kari Nelson-Arnold was born in Roseau, MN and moved to Nashville, TN at the age of 18 to pursue a professional career in music. She grew up loving the outdoors but was never personally involved in the world of hunting until meeting duo partner and now husband, Billy Arnold. Billy, on the other hand, started hunting with his Papa (grandfather) when he was 9, and a love and respect for the outdoors was instilled in him at an early age. Shortly after forming as a duo, Kari & Billy became celebrity pro staff members with Bowtech Archery. In 2012 they attended "Country Goes Hunting" and filmed a turkey hunt that was televised on Eddie Salter's series "The Turkey Man" on the Pursuit Channel. After getting the chance to hunt on a friend's land in Iowa, Billy was inspired and wrote a song called "Whitetail Ridge". The duo filmed a music video for the song, which created quite a buzz amongst outdoor enthusiasts and the hunting community! The video eventually was passed along to the Executive Vice President of the Outdoor Channel and he showed it to the folks at Drury Outdoors. Matthew Drury contacted Kari & Billy about the idea of writing and producing all of the music for their upcoming season "Thirteen". Billy wrote a song for every episode of the season as well as the theme song for the show. Kari & Billy recorded and produced all the songs in Nashville then traveled to Drury Outdoors' headquarters in Missouri to film music videos for each show. On August 23 2014 Kari & Billy performed at Drury Outdoors Annual Fall Meeting & Awards Ceremony!
In keeping with their involvement in the outdoor world, Kari & Billy also picked up an endorsement with Covert Scouting Cameras.
Kari & Billy's second single released to radio nationwide, "Are You Ready for the Weekend" steadily climbed the charts and was featured on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart! The song reached #72 in the country top 100 which gives Kari & Billy their second officially charted song.