Sounds Like: Loggins and Messina meets Eli Young Band, with a helping of hippie hand percussion, Appalachian folk and a love for Lil Wayne.
For Fans Of: John Mellencamp, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Kentucky bourbon
Why You Should Pay Attention: As a nightly ritual, onstage this Lexington, Kentucky, acoustic-guitar-and-cajon-drum-wielding duo does a countrified medley of junk-pop covers that runs the gamut from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" and Lil Wayne's "Mrs. Officer," to Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" and Deanna Carter's "Strawberry Wine." Solder those sounds — along with some Seger and Petty worship — and you've got Sundy Best. That eclectic Americana amalgam, coupled with singers Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley's Eagles-worthy vocal blend and earnest lyrics, power stellar sleeper singles like the wistful "Home" and the driving "These Days." An anthemic blast of wide-screened, road-trip-ready heartland rock, the latter is as well-suited for the Seventies AM airwaves as it is for modern pop-country radio. And that's not all that sets the band apart from their country contemporaries. In true DIY fashion, the duo spent three years blowing club crowds away with self-booked shows; by selling their own homemade merch by mail order from their living room; and, most importantly, writing their own songs.
They Say: "We'll throw on Nineties Pandora when we're driving down the road," Bentley says. "It keeps us sane. If we're playing in a bar setting and everybody's drinking, we'll turn it into a power hour game."
Hear for Yourself: The nonconformist love song "Until I Met You." By Adam Gold