Thursday, January 2, 2020
– Dierks Bentley's side project, Hot Country Knights, has inked a record deal with UMG Nashville, the band announced today.
Bentley is the best known member of the comedic group, which, in reality is his backing band, and plays covers of country songs from the '90s.
"This has to be the GREATEST DAY in your lives.. HCK signs a record deal with
@UMGNashville. We're back BABBYYYY!!" the band posted on Twitter
Bentley plays the character Douglas Douglason. He, like the rest of the group, adopted alter egos. Douglason purported to be a porn actor before that didn't work out. Other Hot Country Knights members are 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.
The group started in 2015. The band members each have fake background stories. Hot Country Knights often opens shows for Bentley.
In a press release, Douglason said, ""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.' 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."