Born and raised in the same area of Floyd County, the two old friends didn’t know that years down the road they would come together as professional musicians.
“[Nick] hit me up on Facebook after we both graduated college and asked me about playing the drums,” Bentley said. “We hadn’t hung out in four years, and the music brought us back together.”
It was a slow start, but after they were able to find places to play, things just started snowballing.
“We have been very fortunate and blessed to get where we are now in the amount of time that we have,” Bentley said. “We are both really competitive people; we work really hard together. Anything that has ever really held us back, we have overcome it.”
After finding out that their single “Home” was going to be aired on CMT, the two were “freaking out.”
“It’s one of those things that you hear, but there is always doubt in your mind until you actually see it,” Bentley said.
The nerve-racking moment came five weeks ago when they gathered with friends to watch the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown and waited to hear their familiar tune. They remember that moment perfectly.
“The second song on the countdown ended, and we heard that first guitar strum,” Bentley said. “Everyone cheered…it was like a scene out of a movie, just crazy.”
Their song had debuted in the number one spot.
All of the songs Sundy Best performs are real stories that are honest and come from the heart. Bentley hopes that’s why people like the music so much.
“The songs are about people, but we won’t disclose that information,” Bentley said when asked about the particulars of the women that inspired their work. “We would never want to give a girl that much notoriety.”
Sundy Best keeps in close contact with their fans through social networking and other media. Not only does it help them, but they also admit that it’s something that they enjoy.
“I think social media has been the driving factor behind the success that we have had so far,” Bentley said. “I thoroughly enjoy the interaction and involvement with the fans. I think it’s important that they feel as close to what we are doing as we do.”
They have a little fun with their tight relationship with fans too, sometimes taking to Twitter to find out where the pool parties around Lexington are happening.
“We are notorious summertime pool crashers,” Bentley said laughing. “Whoever reads this article, if you want us to come to your pool…invite us. But be careful what you wish for.”
Sundy Best has exciting events coming their way in the near future. They have a record deal in the works that will get their music distributed nationally and will be starting to record their new album in July, which will be released at the beginning of next year. They were invited to the CMT awards in Nashville on June 5 to make an appearance on the red carpet and will be playing at the CMA Music Festival the next day. They also anticipate playing with Darius Rucker and Travis Tritt in July.
Despite their success, these local boys like to stay connected with their roots.
“Lexington will always be our home,” Bentley said. “We will be doing a lot of traveling, but we will always find our way back here to play.”
Photo provided by Sundy Best
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