Hot Country Knights drops debut single
Thursday, January 23, 2020
– Hot Country Knights, the comedic group featuring Dierks Bentley and his band, is out with its first single, "Pick Her Up" featuring Travis Tritt.
Produced and written by Bentley along with co-writers Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers, the song features guitar solos. The release goes for ads on Feb. 3.
"The sound behind 'Pick Her Up' is Hot Country Knights 101...it's so hot that I have advised the radio promotion department at UMG to wear oven mitts when delivering it to country radio," said lead singer Doug Douglason aka Bentley. "Travis is an old buddy of ours...we go way back and everybody knows when you need a hit...you call Tritt. We appreciate his support and all our friends in the biz that are coming together right now to help us finally get our shot."
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