The ‘90s influenced band Hot Country Knights, now tallying 33 mostly wasted years and countless bad decisions, has today delivered on their promise of return with a two-track collection of original songs, MIDKNIGHT RODEO, available to listen here. The title track that the band shockingly claims isn’t actually about a rodeo, builds on the their long and hard-earned reputation of still “riding a neon wave of Nineties country nostalgia” (Rolling Stone). But, it’s the collection’s “Herassmeant,” a duet with lead singer Doug Douglason and his former hometown flame Darla McFarland, that bares the wistful tale of unrequited love that’s creating whispers of GRAMMY nominations up and down the Music Row songwriting community.
Everybody calm down! The new music you’ve been begging for is coming! #MidknightRodeo pic.twitter.com/Jp3hcaeSGT
— Hot Country Knights (@countryknights) May 24, 2023
“The Knights are back, baby,” shouted Douglason. “Being off the road since the Big V (virus) has really made us reflect on what we had taken for granted. When you have a chance to really get to the core of what these songs are about, it’s just a raw appreciation for the most satisfying parts of life. I don’t expect anyone to get it on the first six or seven listens, this is deep thinking stuff.”
Well, we simply couldn’t make you wait any longer. Our new two pack #MidknightRodeo is out now featuring future 2x platinum song #Herassmeant. Both songs are available to stream on all platforms, you can watch the official studio video on youtube here: https://t.co/asBTnwQyQF pic.twitter.com/WJAfgQxZ8M
— Hot Country Knights (@countryknights) May 26, 2023
Garth and Trisha. Tim and Faith. Brooks and Dunn. And now…Doug and Darla #Herassmeant pic.twitter.com/Y166qacoQU
— Hot Country Knights (@countryknights) May 24, 2023
While it’s not clear why or how, superstar Dierks Bentley returns to the studio as producer for the follow up to Hot Country Knights’ debut THE K IS SILENT alongside frequent collaborator Jim Beavers. Both can also be found in the writing credits for “Herassmeant” with Lainey Wilson and Luke Dick.
“Yeah, seems like everybody is talking about harassment these days and the Knights do not tolerate that stuff,” added Douglason. “You gotta treat your lady right, tell her how you feel about her, respect her, love on her. My old flame Darla McFarland, who most people will remember from Teazers down in Murfreesboro, was itching to sing on this one. She knew she was the inspiration, so how could we say no? Darla is the best damn country singer of the last three decades, in my opinion. Everybody better get down to Tower Records before the CDs are sold out.”
Hot Country Knights also released a visual component to “Herassmeant.” Check it out here.
“Nothin’ hits better in country music than authenticity,” said McFarland. “Seeing how I was the inspiration behind this song, I thought I’d help Doug make a good song great.”
“Well, they’re back. I mean, Hot Country Knights – it’s like a tick. You just can’t get kill these things. I mean, they’re prehistoric in their survival ability that it’s unbelievable. They’re around forever,” laments Dierks. “They were here even before the ‘90s even started. They claimed to have literally started the ‘90s. They tried to trademark ‘90s everything from the mullets to the high-waisted jeans, they think they own all that stuff. These guys are ridiculous, but they’re back. We’re gonna let them come back on the road with us one more time.”
Famous for never giving up on the dream of the ‘90s, the Hot Country Knights are comprised of band leader Douglas (“Doug”) Douglason, 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. With tongue firmly in cheek, the Knights revive a comedic element which has long been integral to the Country genre, but has rarely been seen since the days of Grand Ole Opry stars like String Bean Akeman, Minnie Pearl and others. With organic euphoria of live Country music and its truly gratifying lyrics, their debut album THE K IS SILENT, hit critics “like a lightning bolt of testosterone and sex appeal” (The Chive). Produced by Dierks Bentley, who also served as a co-writer on over half of the 10 brawny tracks, their debut record is one of the most musically satisfying debut albums since 1999. Dubbed by Variety as a “full Spinal Tap-like musical-comedy act” the dedicated road warriors have basically lived out of a van their entire existence and will trek north for to launch the GRAVEL & GOLD tour with Dierks Bentley next weekend. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.hotcountryknights.com.
Audio / The Hot Country Knights’ producer Dierks Bentley laments the return of new music by the ‘90s mullet-sporting group.Download
Dierks Bentley (HCK 2023) OC: …one more time. :25
“Well, they’re back. I mean, Hot Country Knights – it’s like a tick. You just can’t get kill these things. I mean, they’re prehistoric in their survival ability that it’s unbelievable. They’re around forever. They were here even before the ‘90s even started. They claimed to have literally started the ‘90s. They tried to trademark ‘90s everything from the mullets to the high-waisted jeans, they think they own all that stuff. These guys are ridiculous, but they’re back. We’re gonna let them come back on the road with us one more time.”
Audio / The Hot Country Knights’ producer Dierks Bentley cannot believe the group roped inDownload
Dierks Bentley (Darla McFarland) OC: …pretty soon. :37
“They somehow have talked Lainey Wilson – I’m sorry, her name is Darla McFarland (clears throat)– into being part of their latest project. They’ve got a new song out called ‘Herassmeant,’ and it’s not spelled like you think it is. Ummmmm, and it’s gonna be, I don’t know if it’s gonna be hitting the airwaves. It’ll probably be hitting the floor of the radio stations where they tried to get it played. It’ll probably be hitting the circular file, that being the trash can, but they think they’re gonna be big stars and they somehow coerced some big stars to be part of this project. So, yeah, expect something new from the Hot Country Knights here, unfortunately, pretty soon.”