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Sundy Best

Salvation City – 2015 (Entertainment One)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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Sundy Best is a duo from Lexington, Ky., and you can hear the Kentucky in their blood from the opening bell of "Count On Me," which incorporates a little bluegrass acoustic picking into its mix. The album "Bring Up The Sun," may contain the first notes many have heard from this duo, but "Home," "Lily" and "These Days" are all remakes from the group's actual debut, "Tales, Lies and Exaggerations." The group consists of singer/guitarist Nick Jamerson and drummer Kris Bentley. Although they may be configured a lot like the White Stripes and The Black Keys, instrumentation is about where similarities end. These guys may sound a little commercial-leaning with "Until I Met You," they come off about as country as can be with the homesick "I Wanna Go Home."

The group's name derives from how church folks pronounce Sunday church attire, but you won't hear much church music here. With that said, though, there's nothing rude or raunchy either. The album is, instead, filled with songs about love and the struggles of life, without any seemingly obligatory drinking songs.

The result is a well-played, well-sung, mostly country album. And these days, such a thing is a welcome rarity.