For years, Dierks Bentley's '90s throwback band Hot Country Knights has been delighting crowds at Bentley's concerts. On Jan. 2, 2020, the band signed a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.
Per a press release, "The Knights are promising to bring real '90s country music back to a format that's been drowning in male sensitivity, cashmere cardigan sweaters and programmed drum loops."
The band is made up of Bentley's mullet-wearing alter ego, lead singer Douglas "Doug" Douglason (also known as Big Rhythm Doug), 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 Hot Country Knights shared a hilarious video of the band storming Universal Music Group Nashville's offices to sign their record deal. While the video features snippets of original songs, there's no word yet on whether the band has an album of original songs in the works.
On Twitter, the band announced their goal to revive the golden age of '90s country.
"Twenty years after Y2K nearly killed country music, we are here to give it mouth-to-mouth...new decade, and a NEW RECORD DEAL with @UMGNashville for THE KNIGHTS!," the band shared.
— Hot Country Knights (@countryknights) January 2, 2020
Bentley has long been outspoken about his love for '90s country. In 2019, Bentley curated a lineup of '90s country music hitmakers, such as Travis Tritt, Diamond Rio, Deana Carter and Tracy Lawrence, for his Colorado-based Seven Peaks Festival.