Dierks Bentley’s ‘Hot Country Knights’ Makes Its Debut in Nashville

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See, this is the kind of commitment to the weird mainstream country needs more of.

Last night (2-25) as part of Country Radio Seminar festivities in Nashville, Dierks Bentley, aka Douglas “Big Rhythm Doug” Douglason, showed the depth of his commitment to his alter-ego 90’s country band called Hot Country Knights by taking the stage at “The Stage” on Lower Broadway and launching into renditions of big late 80’s & 90’s country hits like Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” David Lee Murphy’s “Dust On The Bottle,” and even had guest stars like Kip Moore show up, and Miranda Lambert playing the part of “Shelby Shelton” singing Shania Twain’s “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” while referencing lyrics on her cell phone.

hot-country-knights-album-coverOther guest stars included Randy Houser posing as “Dallas Houston” and singing “Watermelon Crawl,” and Charles Kelley playing “Ronnie Buns” in a rendition of Brooks & Dunn’s “My Maria.”

First introduced to the world in January, Douglas “Big Rhythm Doug” Douglason and Hot Country Knights consists of Dierks Bentley’s backing band sporting wigs and outdated duds. Detailed personas and bio information was mocked up for the band that also includes Trevor Travis, Barry Van Ricky, Shelton Van Ricky, Dillard “Monte” Montgomery, Cade “Bonesy” McCoy, Vinnie “Frenzy Fingers” Pompanelli, and Terotej “Terry” Dvoraczekinsky. There’s even rumors of an album on the way through Capitol Records.

Meanwhile we’ll have to settle for these live versions: