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Sundy Best announces breakup. Members will pursue other projects.

Prestonsburg natives Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson are Sundy Best, photographed Feb. 7, 2014, at Redmon’s, the Lexington venue that gave the group its start.
Prestonsburg natives Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson are Sundy Best, photographed Feb. 7, 2014, at Redmon’s, the Lexington venue that gave the group its start. rcopley@herald-leader.com

Even people who casually followed Prestonsburg-via-Lexington band Sundy Best have noted that members Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley had been playing a number of solo gigs and released individual recordings over the last year.

That doesn’t always mean a breakup is imminent, but a Thursday morning Facebook post from Jamerson makes it official: Sundy Best is no longer a band.

“For the last 8 years or so I have been fortunate enough to play in a band that has been loved and supported in ways that I never imagined were possible for something I was a part of,” Jamerson wrote. “Through my time with Sundy Best, I have seen more of this world , met so many people, felt so much love. I am so thankful for Kris and all the kinfolk out there who have made the dream a reality.”

The Prestonsburg duo of childhood friends formed in 2010 and found relatively quick success, particularly when it became the house band at downtown Lexington’s Redmon’s, now the Stagger Inn. Sundy Best recorded two independent albums, “Tales, Lies and Exaggerations” and “Door Without a Screen” before signing to eOne Music and releasing two albums in 2014: “Bring Up the Sun” and “Salvation City.” “Bring Up the Sun” was a particularly big success, garnering play on CMT and radio.

Like many Kentucky bands, Sundy Best’s early material leaned heavily on the Bluegrass State with tunes like “Home” and the evocative “Mountain Parkway.”

The band’s last album was 2016’s “Almar Sky.”

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Kris Bentley, left, and Nick Jamerson aka Sundy Best perform at The Burl June 25, 2017. Matt Goins

Last Summer, the duo hosted the Summer of Sundy series of concerts/jam sessions Sunday afternoons at The Burl, and Jamerson and Bentley told the Herald-Leader they were looking at what was next for the group while also pursuing their own music. Sundy Best closed out 2017 with a New Year’s Eve set at Manchester Music Hall.

In his post, Jamerson said, “there is more to life than being gone all the time. I love my family. I love being in Prestonsburg and being part of the community here. It is my hope and intention to help our state and region in anyway I possibly can to bring more of what we need.” He also wrote that he was enjoying making music with his sibling ensemble, The Jamersons: “I have 2 brothers and a sister that all sing and write like angels. It is my hope that we can carve out our own little niche together. When I am with them , I am the happiest and best version of myself.”

In a similar vein, Bentley has been making music with The Revival, which played last Saturday’s Star City Circus Jam at Prestonsburg’s Mountain Arts Center.

Rich Copley, @copiousnotes

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