Listen to Dierks Bentley's #TBT Mixtape, Curated by His '90s Cover Band Alter-Ego Hot Country Knights
Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week's spin comes from Dierks Bentley via his '90s cover band alter-ego Hot Country Knights. The country superstar is gearing up for his inaugural Seven Peaks Festival this weekend, held in Buena Vista, C.O. (Aug. 31-Sept. 2). The "experience festival" -- just 2 hours outside of Denver, with a picturesque Rocky Mountain backdrop -- will feature activities during the day, bonfires, super jams and several appearances and sets from Bentley throughout the weekend.
The line-up, curated by Bentley and Live Nation's Brian O’Connell, will also feature performances by Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Elle King, LANCO, and Dan + Shay. The kick-off night, dubbed "Hot Country Night," will feature sets by Clint Black, Sawyer Brown, Terri Clark, and Bentley's own Hot Country Knights cover band.
To prep for the Labor Day bash, Bentley put together this week's #TBT Mixtape as his cover band alter-ego Douglas (aka “Big Rhythm Doug"), offering a peek into the band's hit-heavy '90s set list.
"Classic Country songs, from the only decade that matters in Country Music: The 90s! These are the artists that 'originally' recorded the songs, however no one does them as originally as the Hot Country Knights," he shares. "We pack an entire decade of music into a set-list tighter than Dwight Yoakam’s blue jeans. Sure, you could hear Clint Black sing a song he wrote and recorded at Seven Peaks, but wouldn’t you rather see the 5th or 6th best '90s country cover band in the greater Murfreesboro, Tennessee area and the best overall in our price range (if there is someone better, we will lower our price) perform it instead?? Thought so. #KnightsUnite."
Give the playlist a spin and also check out a few retro performances from Hot Country Knights below.