New country duo Sundy Best performing at V Club tonight
When it comes to creating new music, as the old saying goes, “Write about what you know.”
That is exactly the approach taken by the new country duo from Eastern Kentucky called Sundy Best, who performs at the V Club tonight.
Sundy Best’s latest album is called “Door Without A Screen” and it finds the twosome writing and singing songs such as “Kentucky Women,” “Mountain Parkway” and a song written about their hometown called “Prestonsburg.”
The group is made up of Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson. Both artists developed a love of music at an early age, singing in church as kids and rocking out as they got older. Even though they grew up in Prestonsburg, they did not collaborate together musically until they separately moved to Lexington, Ky., after going to college.
Now, coming from a part of the world that produced many acclaimed artists from the Country Music Highway area of the Bluegrass State, Sundy Best is working hard to break into the music business in Nashville.
Sundy Best and opening acts Tyler Childers and Mountain Station will take the stage at 10 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the V, 741 6th Ave., Huntington. The show is ages 18 and up. Tickets are $7. The doors open at 8 p.m. More information can be found at 304-781-0680 and www.vclublive.com.
“I was working at the cable company in Lexington, and I got Nick to move in and I got him a job at the cable company and he lasted about two or three months,” said Bentley. “When he quit, we were already playing some patio gigs and some restaurants and bars. The next week, we got a call from a place called Redmons’ in downtown Lexington about us coming in there on a Thursday, potentially looking at a house gig opportunity. When that happened, it wasn’t long before I quit my job and we focused on music full time. We had just enough money to pay for rent and eat at Wendy’s every day.”
The next step for Sundy Best was to record the “Door Without a Screen” album, and that is when they began a Kickstarter campaign, where folks contribute funds towards paying for the recording process with extra gifts and benefits given in exchange. The response was overwhelming.
“I feel like the Kickstarter video (directed by Coleman Saunders) was vital in reaching our goal and exceeding it,” said Bentley. “We knew that we had a good following, and the community in Eastern Kentucky is very close knit. No one knows any strangers, that sort of thing. So, when word got out about the Kickstarter campaign, along with the video, everybody really came together with us and wanted to help give us a shot at doing what we love to do. We met our goal within the first 24 hours. It was a crazy ride.”
Sundy Best is finding success in country music, slowly but surely. The duo’s biggest claim to date was seeing the video of the song “Home” being played on the CMT Pure channel. However, the night that the video premiered proved to be nerve-wracking.
“We went to a local bar in Lexington called Country Boy Brewery and we told everybody on Facebook and Twitter that we would be there and that CMT had called us (about the video appearing on the Country 12 Pack Countdown show),” said Bentley. “So, we’re hanging out and the place is packed with a bunch of our friends and a bunch of people that were in the video. So, we start watching the show and it gets down to 10-9-8-7, all of these videos by all of these big-time artists like Carrie Underwood. And then, Nick gets a text from his Mom and she was like, ‘Nick, I don’t mean to bother you, but I DVR’ed the Countdown last night and the lineup has not changed at all. It is the exact same show that we watched last night and you all were not on it.’
“So, we’re freaking out. We’re thinking, ‘Man, this is going to be so embarrassing. It is going to get down to the Number 1 video and ours isn’t going to play.’ It gets down to the Number 2 song, and Nick is ready to run straight to the car because he didn’t want to have to talk about it. We were sweating bullets. Both of us have a foot out of the door, getting ready to just get out if the video doesn’t play. But, sure enough, we hear that first strum and that harmonica and the video comes on and everybody goes nuts. We run back in and it is one of the coolest moments that we’ve had, and it was crazy.”
More information about Sundy Best, as well as music, can be found at www.sundybest.net.