LEXINGTON, Ky. (8/21/13)—Just three months ago I caught up with Kris Bentley of Sundy Best to talk about what they expected to see in the next part of the year as Lexington’s hottest country stars. Today as I spoke to him, Bentley was full of appreciation, happiness and gratitude for their music family.
“Six months ago we were hoping to get 10,000 likes on our Facebook page,” said Bentley. “I checked the other day and we have about 20,000, almost double what we had.”
A couple of weekends ago Sundy Best made their big homecoming back to Redmons in Lexington after five months of playing on the road.
“It was surreal to see the 200 people lined up outside of the door before Redmons had even opened,” said Bentley. “We could not believe the turnout or the response that we got from our ‘family’ that night.”
Bentley said that night is definitely the best turnout they have had in Lexington.
“It was good to come home, especially after we have been gone for so long,” he said.
In the past few months the band has done things that they never thought they would be doing, including walking the red carpet at the CMT awards.
“We were able to meet so many people and the awards show was amazing. We sat right behind Carrie Underwood, which was awesome. She has the most beautiful back of the head I have ever seen,” said Bentley laughing.
The band’s hit song “Home” has been at the top of the CMT 12-pack Countdown since April, and a couple of weeks ago their single “Lily” slid into the number one spot.
“It’s a testament to our big family,” said Bentley. “They aren’t our fans, because it’s different than that. We wouldn’t be where we are without them.”
A couple of days ago, Sundy Best won the voting poll for the CMT Social Hour.
“We were against some big country names in this poll and won,” said Bentley. “It’s just crazy to see how dedicated our ‘family’ is, because in the grand scheme of things a lot of people don’t know who we are yet so we are winning fan voted polls by the dedicated fans we have right now.”
Kris and Nick have an exciting couple of weeks ahead of them, starting with their sold out show in Morehead, Ky. at Buffalo Wild Wings on Friday.
“We are probably the first band ever to have a sold out show at a Buffalo Wild Wings,” said Bentley laughing. “I have heard that the people there like to party, so I hope the restaurant is ready for us.”
A total of 500 tickets were sold for the show at Buffalo Wild Wings and Bentley admits he is excited to see how it all turns out.
“I feel like Morehead is a place that we should try to go often like Richmond,” he said. “The people are fun and that is what makes the show.”
Tuesday, August 27 is a huge day for Sundy Best and their fans.
“Next week is a big week for us because our album releases on Tuesday,” said Bentley. “We added seven tracks to the original album and we are really excited for it to be released.
With a busy, crucial week ahead of them they will be traveling to promote their new album. They will be at Redmons on Tuesday night, the day that the album is released; Richmond, Ky. on Wednesday; the University of Kentucky campus on Thursday; Chattanooga, Tn. on Friday with Corey Smith; and are having an album release show in Nashville on Saturday after the UK vs. Western Kentucky University football game.
“We have been blessed to have experienced everything we have so far and we are excited to see what is next,” said Bentley.
Sundy Best doesn’t refer to their music followers as fans, but as their kinfolk and family. To help them spread the word of their music they encourage everyone to sign up for their street team, The Kinfolk Movement. By joining the movement you will be rewarded with free downloads, private videos from them while they are on the road, merchandise, and tickets to their shows. Also, you’ll be able to meet other kinfolk while communicating just like on any other social networking site.
“It’s a really cool thing to join,” said Bentley. “It’s free, easy and helps everyone get involved with what we are doing.”
Sundy Best just recorded another album of all new songs that will be released in January of 2014 and is being mixed right now. Until then, join in on the Kinfolk Movement and sing along with the country boys of Sundy Best.
Photos provided by Sundy Best
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