Meet The Incredibly Talented Sundy Best, Performing This Sunday At Windy City Smokeout

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sunday Best, one of country’s best new duos, this past fall.

They’re totally unique and make great, GREAT, music.

Comprised of Kris and Nick, longtime friends that grew up in Eastern Kentucky, their music is eclectic, to say the least, as they produce something that re-imagines timeless classic rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s – think the Eagles and the smart, whiskey-voiced lyrics of Tom Petty and Bob Seger. With Nick on guitar and Kris on cajon, Sundy Best takes that sound, and modernizes it in their own unique way, borrowing hints of country and bluegrass, to make it personal. The pair are lifelong friends, former college athletes, and dog-lovers. Onstage, the musical duo delivers something completely original, blending their best influences with personal music histories.

The duo will be playing this Sunday at Windy City Smokeout in Chicago – a 3-day festival filled with America’s best BBQ and country music.


Check out our interview and a couple of our favorite recent videos from Sundy Best.

You call your genre ‘foot stompin’ on Facebook, how would you describe your sound to someone that may have never heard you guys?

Honestly, don’t really know how to. It’s a lot of different things. Baskin-Robbins: a flavor for everyone.

How did you guys come up with the name Sundy Best?

We played and sang in church at an early age, and we spell it like we say it.

Who would you love to go on tour with? Current or past artists.

Petty, Seger, Eagles, Otis Redding, Waylon, The Band (to name a few)

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

We always try to catch up on sleep.

What’s the craziest moment you’ve had as an entertainer, either while performing or with fans?

Probably having my hair pulled while playing. Most other stories are R rated.

Who are some of your major musical influences?

Definitely the artists mentioned earlier as well as the Allmans, Kings of Leon, Van Morrison, Amos Lee, Eric Church, Allun Cormier, Chris Stapleton, Hootie, Skynyrd, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, etc. We like all kinds of different music, and each one finds it’s way into our own one way or another.

Beer or whiskey?

Bourbon :)

What current country song did you hear and think “I wish I wrote that.”

We’re really diggin’ on Sturgill Simpson’s new record lately.

How did you guys form the duo/get started in music?

We’ve been friends for a long time. We also had played some before, back in high school. Then, we decided to try it for fun after college, and here we are.

Favorite city you’ve played?

Wherever people sing along.

When you have a day off you like to ______?

Netflix, Xbox, eat too much, write, take the dogs for a ride.

Guilty pleasure/music we’d be surprised is on your iPod..

Wide array of 90’s hip hop and R&B. No surprise to anyone that knows us though.

If you weren’t artists you would be a _____?

Anything but a door to door cable salesman.

Describe what it’s like when you play the Opry for the first time.

Emotional, surreal, overwhelming. All the above and more. Very blessed to have done so 6 times now.

Sundy Best will be playing at 3pm Sunday July, 12th (Stage 2) at Windy City Smokeout.

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