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Kris Bentley ’09 gets toes tappin’ and hands clappin’ with Sundy Best


January 17, 2013 By Cindy Long       
Sundy Best Kris Bentley ’09 (above, left) and childhood friend Nick
Jamerson comprise the duo Sundy Best, which is making waves
in the music world. The group opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd in
the fall, which Bentley called “surreal.”

The duo Sundy Best, comprised of Kris Bentley ’09 and Nick Jamerson, can be found most Thursday nights at Redmon’s in Lexington and have become a staple on the Bluegrass music scene. They play gigs in venues in big towns and small, but perhaps the most out of the ordinary gig they’ve had so far was opening for the iconic southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd at the East Kentucky Expo Center in September.

“Opening for Skynyrd was surreal,” Bentley says. “The anticipation leading up to that night, the actual show and, after the show, getting to meet them left us in awe of what had happened.

“We had headlined our own show at the Expo Center a few months prior and had such a great turnout that they chose us to come back as an opener for the Skynyrd show,” he continues. “I feel very lucky and humbled to have been a part of the night. Sharing the stage with them and hearing the songs that have influenced our music was something we’ll forever remember.”

Bentley and Jamerson grew up in Prestonsburg, Ky., where they played music together in church. After college, with Bentley on a Spanish drum called a cajon and Nick doing lead guitar and vocals, the duo began performing full-time. They describe their sound on their Facebook fan page: “With influences ranging from country, bluegrass, rock, soul, and rhythm and blues, the duo produces music that, at times, is hard to classify.”

Sundy Best’s first studio-recorded album, “Door Without a Screen,” was released last June, following the home-produced “Tales, Lies and Exaggerations.” Those who follow Sundy Best on Facebook and Twitter are often treated to videos of original music.

And their already hectic schedule isn’t slowing down.

“We are gearing up for a busy first of the year, as we have lots of exciting things to share with the fans—can’t say just yet, but won't be long!—as well as more traveling and shows throughout the South.”

To watch a video of the duo’s most popular ballad, “Home,” click here.



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