As one half of rootsy duo Sundy Best, Nicholas Jamerson helped bring a unique brand of Kentucky roots music to audiences from California to Canada. The band just released the new album Almar Sky on December 16th, but both Jamerson and Sundy Best’s percussionist Kristofer Bentley are also exploring solo projects.
Bentley released the soulful Love Revival series on Christmas Day, while Jamerson cut the Star City Sessions, a collection of songs inspired mostly by his family. On tracks like the bouncy “Cracked” and “Desperado”-evoking “Guns A Blazin’,” Jamerson refines the back-porch aesthetic of Sundy Best. A new song not included on the EP, however, finds the singer exploring country funk. Recorded live in the studio in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, the slinking “Veteran’s Day” sounds like Jamerson’s take on Willie Nelson’s “Shotgun Willie.”
“With the Star City Sessions, I bring artists to Prestonsburg and we record some music live, no headphones, no click. We just play and capture what we get,” Jamersons tells Rolling Stone Country. “This song in particular I wrote about my great grandfather, who was a federal inspector. He also worked at a prison teaching prisoners carpentry prior to their being released back into the world.” (Watch the video above.)