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DOING IT THEIR WAY

On March 9, 2014

Lexington-based country duo Sundy Best celebrated the release of their new album “Bring Up the Sun” Saturday with a packed show at the V Club in Huntington.

The band filled almost two hours with material from the new album and fan favorites from its debut album “Door Without a Screen.” The enthusiastic and rowdy crowd left little wiggle room on the dance floor, filling the venue to near capacity.

“It is a whirlwind,” Nick Jamerson, guitarist, said. “We never expected things to happen so quickly. But we’re always ready when the opportunities arise. That’s why we’re in this thing.”

Sundy Best said its recent success is thanks to original, heartfelt songwriting and a dedicated fan base. The band’s heavy social media presence and good old-fashioned elbow grease hasn’t hurt either.

“We want to make the best music we can,” Jamerson said. “We’re working hard and striving to get better every day. We don’t take days off.”

Originally from the small eastern Kentucky town of Prestonsburg, Sundy Best knows its roots and cherishes the rich musical history of the area.

“We are just fortunate to have grown up in an area that makes music a priority,” Jamerson said. “Not many people are that lucky. When this is all said and done, we hope to make the area as proud of us as we are of it.”

The music itself draws more from classic rock legends like the Eagles and Tom Petty than modern country stars like Garth Brooks or Alan Jackson, and audiences have welcomed the refreshing sound.

“People will always be receptive to authentic, genuine material,” Jamerson said. “There’s a lot of different ways to make it in this business, we’re just doing it our way.”

On top of the album release and rising momentum in the music world, Sundy Best received even more good news when they were asked to perform “My Old Kentucky Home” at Rupp Arena for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team senior night Tuesday.

“One of, if not the coolest thing we’ve ever done,” Jamerson said. “We never dreamt of getting that opportunity. We’re hug UK fans, so being included in that way was really a dream come true.”

Mark Williams can be contacted at williams788@marshall.edu.

 

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