Eastern Kentucky is a place of pressure. Geologically and sociologically, the region is known for the power that comes from that pressure that makes for coal and great music. These fellows sure bring that power to their music. Racing out of the starting gate, the Arnett brothers, Nathan and Jonathon, play guitar and mandolin respectively and sing with a fierce intensity. Armed with a catalog of original material, they spin tales of life and time.
Joining the brothers are Ralph Adams on lead and harmony vocals, Mike Daniels on banjo, and Chad Gilbert on bass. The sound is vocally oriented, with the banjo playing most of the backup and some fine lead work. The mandolin provides solid rhythm and breaks. The brothers share the lead vocals. Their sound is contemporary and reminiscent of other bands and no other band all at once. The songs are one of their great strengths. From the personal tragedy of “Cell Of Mine,” to the plight of the Appalachians in “Echo Of The Steel,” to sweet ballads like “Lay Me Down,” the brothers and crew display their strengths and talents. This a young band with a truckload of promise. We should be hearing much more from them as they continue on their musical journey. (www.turninggroundbluegrass.com)RCB