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Dierks Bentley's '90s-Influenced Cover Band Hot Country Knights Signs With UMG Nashville

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Doug Douglason performs with his band Hot Country Knights during the 2019 Seven Peaks Music Festival on Aug. 30, 2019 in Buena Vista, Colo.

Hot Country Knights -- the ‘90s-influenced comedic country band fronted by Dierks Bentley (aka Douglas “Doug” Douglason) -- has signed a worldwide recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville, it was announced Thursday (Jan. 2). In a press release, the band promises to “bring real ’90s country music back to a format that’s been drowning in male sensitivity, cashmere cardigan sweaters and programed drum loops.”

“Some artists out there tried to put the ‘O’ back in country, that was a thing for a while.... but what it’s really missing is the ‘T,’” said band leader Douglason (Bentley’s alter ego) in a statement. “Country music has Low-T right now…it could use a pick me up, if you know what I mean. Those record label people over at Universal finally realized that only the Knights could be up to a task this big and hard.”

In addition to Bentley/Douglason, Hot Country Knights is comprised of members of Bentley’s live touring band, all performing under alter egos: lead bass player Trevor Travis, lead guitarist Marty Ray (“Rayro”) Roburn, keytar/fiddle player Terotej (“Terry”) Dvoraczekynski, steel guitarist Barry Van Ricky and percussionist Monte Montgomery.

Started in 2015, the band mixes comedy with covers of songs by such ‘90s country mainstays as Alan Jackson, Clint Black and John Michael Montgomery, often opening for Bentley at his live shows. All six band members, who sport mullets and dress in ‘90s fashions, come with elaborate backstories; Bentley’s Douglason is a mustachioed porn star-turned-country singer.

You can watch the group’s signing video below.