When Kentucky duo Sundy Best released their latest album Salvation City in December, one of the immediate highlights was the bluesy ballad “Four Door.” A coming-of-age story about dark parking lots and even darker back seats, the song comes to life in the band’s new video.
Filmed in the group’s hometown of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, the video evokes American Graffiti, all classic cars and drive-ins.
“There are a handful of drive-in theaters up and running in the central part of Kentucky. It gives it that nostalgic feel,” says Kris Bentley, Sundy Best’s percussionist, who wrote the bulk of the song, along with singer-guitarist Nick Jamerson. The band has also been touring with guitarist Stan Nickell and keys player Teddy Weckbacher, who appear in the video.
“It’s a love song and it hearkens back to young love and that innocence, before you had too many troubles, worries and stresses,” Bentley tells Rolling Stone Country. “You were only worried about whether it was going to rain and what car you were driving on your date.”
Sundy Best are so invested in “Four Door” that they devoted half of their recent Grand Ole Opry appearance to a sprawling performance of the song — which was warmly received by the Opry audience.
“This has been a popular song,” says Jamerson. “Kris wrote most of it, and as soon as I heard it, I thought it was a really big song for us. It’s probably my favorite to sing live.”
“There is something pretty special about it, and it invokes some good feelings. It’s become our encore song in our show,” Bentley says. “Just about everybody can relate to it in some form or fashion. It certainly takes me back to the time when I was getting my permit and license. People can relate, whatever your age may be.”
Not that either of Sundy Best’s core members ever owned a sedan. Bentley’s first car was an S-10 pickup, color brown (“My least favorite color,” he says), while Jamerson drove a ’98 Toyota Tacoma. Quips the singer, “I wish I had a four-door back then.”
Sundy Best will play a string of shows in and around Kentucky this month, before heading to Chicago for the annual Windy City Smokeout, headlined by Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice and Chris Young, on July 12th.