About the Band
Turning Ground is based in Salyersville, Kentucky, rooted deep in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Their style of bluegrass and bluegrass gospel focuses on original music and was built around five musicians that simply love the music! They borrow from the traditional sounds of yesterday and blend it with the contemporary sounds of today's bluegrass to deliver a solid drive to their music. Nathan Arnett handles powerful lead vocals like a veteran and is one of the great up and coming vocalists and songwriters in the business. Ralph Adams' crisp and clear tenor vocals blend flawlessly with Arnett helping to create the Turning Ground harmony they are quickly becoming known for across the industry. Add in the musicianship and harmonies from Kayla Amburgey's rock solid bass and Josh Cantrell driving the banjo and you'll find one of the most talented, energetic bands to surface onto the professional bluegrass scene in quite some time.
Nathan Arnett: Lead Vocal/Guitar
Ralph Adams: Harmony/Guitar
Kayla Amburgey: Harmony/Bass
Josh Cantrell: Lead/Harmony/Banjo
Logan Coslow: Mandolin
Nathan Arnett is a successful musician from the Mountains of Magoffin County, Kentucky; he is a triple threat with his rootsy song lyrics, authentic voice, and great guitar skills. He has previously worked in bluegrass bands such as Arnett Brothers and company, and High Caliber Grass. In 2011, Nathan formed Turning Ground, which is a bluegrass band based out of eastern, Kentucky that travels across the nation performing in all great bluegrass venues; the majority of the songs are Nathan’s originals. He is also currently working on original solo country material, and plans to release a demo in the near future. There’s no doubt you will be hearing great things from this Kentucky native.
Raised in the small town of Salyersville,, KY, bluegrass music has always been in his blood. Ralph has been involved in music. since he can remember From the familiar story of growing up playing and singing in the church, for friends and family at get together's, he's always had a passion for music. If you ask Ralph about his playlist he would tell you it consists of a plethora of genres and artists. From Sinatra to Skaggs he has a great appreciation for all varieties and styles of music. By day, Ralph is a Veterinarian in West Liberty, Ky, where he is also part owner of the practice. He is husband to a loving wife Amber and father to three sons Caleb, Cole and Kasyn.
Josh grew up in West Liberty, Kentucky. He was drawn to bluegrass music and the sound of a banjo at an early age of 5, when he first saw Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys perform live. This sparked a lifelong passion for that style of music. Josh became serious playing the banjo at age 14 and was influenced predominantly by JD Crowe's style of banjo throughout his adolescent years. You may have seen Josh performing with other bands such as Don Rigsby & Midgnight Call, and Billie Renee & Cumberland Gap. An avid outdoorsman, Josh also enjoys turkey hunting most of all. He makes his living as a machinist and raises beef cattle with his father on their family farm. Josh is very excited and grateful to be a part of Turning Ground.
Bass player/harmony vocalist Kayla Amburgey, from Hindman, Ky, was raised within the bluegrass heritage. Tagging along with her father to bluegrass festivals throughout her childhood gave her the drive to become a musician herself. Along with her father, Kayla created her own band, in 2003, called Lost-n-Lonesome. After a few years, the band members went their different ways. In 2007, Kayla began playing with Fast Lane alongside now husband, Brent Amburgey. The band eventually separated to pursue individual endeavors. Kayla continued to play a few shows each year and remained true to her bluegrass roots. In 2014, she met the band members of Turning Ground. She was asked to fill in for a band competition at the Outer Banks bluegrass festival where the band won first place. Soon after, Kayla was invited to become the full time bass player for the band.
Born July 1st 1995. Started playing mandolin at the age of 10. I have two older brothers that play also. At a young age I enjoyed the music, and wanted to learn to play a bluegrass instrument. One day dad just brought home a mandolin and banjo and said, "here they are boys". I picked the mandolin because I was to little and skinny to hold up the banjo. My brother picked the banjo. The rest is history. Growing up a few of my influences were JD Crowe & the New South, Doyle Lawson, and Ronnie McCoury. My Mother and Father also influenced me a lot. I am thankful for them pushing me to be the best I can, and supporting me through it all. You may have saw me play with "FlatLick Express" and other bands as well. I attended St. Catharine College in Springfield KY for an environmental degree and I currently work at Air and Water Quality in Lexington KY. I reside in Willisburg KY with my mother and father on a farm where I love to be outdoors hunting & fishing. My favorite tree stand is my back porch. Church is a big part of my life and always has been. I love playing Bluegrass Gospel for my Church family on Sunday mornings. I attend Church in Bloomfield KY at Brookside Church of God Of Prophecy.