I’ve said it before, but Kentucky is one of the best states for country music.
From country music pioneers like Bill Monroe, to older stars like Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, and Keith Whitley, to more recent legends like Chris Knight, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and Tyler Childers, many of the genre’s greatest artists have called Kentucky home.
And there are so many more legendary musicians than just these listed.
Tons of other great newer artists have come out of Kentucky recently too, like The Wooks, Ian Noe, Cole Chaney, and Logan Halstead, to name a few.
But there is one particular artist who has flown somewhat under the radar, and should by all means receive more recognition than he does. His name is Nicholas Jamerson.
A master songwriter and spectacular vocalist, Jamerson has made plenty of top-tier solo music and performed with his band The Morning Jays. From 2013 to 2016, Nicholas Jamerson was one half of the Kentucky duo Sundy Best,alongside Kris Bentley. During that span, the duo released four killer albums and a live album, and thankfully they have gotten back together and just released their first single in over five years.
Their most recent album, 2016’s Almar Sky, is one of their best, and on it is perhaps the most underrated song in all of country music.
“Hindman,” named after the small Eastern Kentucky town in Knott County, is an absolute masterpiece.
In the song, the narrator goes to Hindman to see his girl and testify his love, as well as reminisce on times they had spent in Hindman. As explained in the video below, Jamerson actually wrote this song about his grandparents, who have been married over 50 years, which adds an even more authentic feel to the song.
Jamerson later recorded the song for his 2018 album NJ, but here is the original version (as far as I am aware), by Sundy Best.
In this particular video, Jamerson plays it solo at one of the duo’s shows in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, about a half hour drive from Hindman.
Sit back and witness country music greatness.
“I’m headed to Hindman For a night on the town To see my sweet Anna And I ain’t slowing down
I was thirsting for something I just couldn’t find From life after war and life after wine I’d give up the smoking and my dirty mouth If I could just hold your hand, if I could just take you out Thank God for Hindman”
Man, I can’t wait for Jamerson and Sundy Best to finally get their big break. If he keeps making songs like “Hindman,” one of the most underrated songs out there, it’s only a matter of time.