Sundy Best in Ann Arbor at the Blind Pig
By Mark Petty
No, that’s not a typo. There is no “a” in “Sundy.” At least, not when you’re from Kentucky. Childhood friends Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley formed Sundy Best to share the music they love, with people who love music.
To call them a country band is probably accurate, but it’s also a bit too easy of a label. They grew up listening to the ’70’s classic rock of their parents and they were hooked. Artists like The Eagles, Tom Petty, Bob Seger, and The Allman Brothers. That element is prevalent in their music, as well as, I would add, southern rock bands like The Outlaws and Grinderswitch. There are also some more recent tinges like those of The Subdudes and even The Strokes. The sound is genuine and heartfelt. As Nick said, “Our music is real, it’s honest and we’re trying to make something that’s relevant and influence others.”
Their brand new album, Bring Up The Sun, is distinctive and sincere. The tracks definitely show that these young men know exactly who they are and where they came from. In the confident and fun Beautiful Mess, Nick says, “I love this mess that I call my life.” It took me a lot longer to get to that space than it did young Mr. Jamerson. Swarpin’ is a case of pickin’ and grinnin’ and down-home rockin’.
That classic, southern rock heritage and quiet self-confidence is displayed in These Days. “I’ve got a few good friends, and a pretty good old dog.” What else does a guy need?
Until I Met You is a playful take on the classic old tale of a rogue turned good – by the right girl. It has got a lot to say but, like Nick and Kris, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Nick’s guitar work is exceptional and his voice is the perfect paint to be placed onto the canvas they’ve created. Experienced yet innocent, he delivers the lyrics he and Kris write directly from his heart. Kris is the drummer but you won’t hear a single high-hat or cymbal crash on Bring Up The Sun. The heart of the percussion on the album comes from an instrument called a cajon. It’s basically a box upon which Kris sits and slaps with his hands. It brings and intimacy to their sound which was honed playing in small restaurants and bars in Lexington – distinctive indeed.
Sundy Best are true rising stars, blazing their way up the Billboard country charts. Be sure to catch them at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor this Wednesday night.
For more information please visit Sundy Best’s official website: http://www.sundybest.net/home/