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.