After 30 wasted years and countless bad decisions, the moment has finally arrived for the ’90s influenced band Hot Country Knights as they come riding in with the release of their debut album THE K IS SILENT (Capitol Records Nashville), available now. Produced by Dierks Bentley, the multi-Platinum entertainer also serves as a co-writer on over half of the 10 brawny tracks. The Knights will showcase the substance behind the new album as they perform its lead single “Pick Her Up” (feat. Travis Tritt) this Monday on Good Morning America (5/02 at 7:00A Local Time on ABC) alongside the ’90s icon.
Basking in more glory today, the Knights have landed a dream partnership with Hooters who will be offering fans a limited time discount, prize opportunities, exclusive content and a virtual socially distanced listening party. More information will be revealed on the Knights’ Twitter account. As “it’s not hard to see what Country fans are enjoying about Hot Country Knights” (Variety), the band will celebrate the release of the most musically satisfying debut album since 1999 with their loyal following today on Facebook and YouTube (5/01 @ 3:00P CT). Additionally, lead singer Doug Douglason will share the oral history behind the Knights on NPR Morning Edition next Friday (5/08).
Even though some said this moment would never happen, critics have praised THE K IS SILENT for the organic euphoria of live Country music and its truly gratifying lyrics.
“Deadly serious about paying tribute to ’90s country, and the acts that influenced its sound.” – Billboard
“Their debut album is hitting us like a lightning bolt of testosterone and sex appeal.” – The Chive
“Just like those essential ingredients to Country music, humor has mostly been lost in modern country. Along with actually sounding Country, Hot Country Knights is also helping to return this important element to Country too.” – Saving Country Music
“Bentley and his fellow songwriters did ‘do it right.’” – American Songwriter
“The dancing song ‘Moose Knuckle Shuffle’ actually shouts out Tracy Byrd and gives partial songwriting credit to the guys behind ‘Watermelon Crawl’ while ‘Then It Rained’ bears at least a passing resemblance to a certain very serious Garth Brooks song….and that’s part of the charm of THE K IS SILENT.” – Rolling Stone
“With THE K IS SILENT the band reaches what it would call ‘all lower 48 states.’ Songs include the self-explanatory ‘Hot Country Knights,’ goober-y pensive ‘Mull it Over,’ chaotically patriotic ‘The USA Begins With Us’ and, of course, ‘Kings of Neon.’” – The Tennesseean
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. For more information on new music, visit www.hotcountryknights.com.
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“Fans can expect to hear real, authentic country music on this album, alright? That’s what they can expect to hear. all the stuff they’ve been missing from the radio for the last 20 years — songs great for line dancing to like the ‘Moose Knuckle Shuffle,’ songs about hair like ‘Mull It Over,’ songs about the road, ‘Pick Her Up’ and ‘YAsphalt,’ one of the greatest love songs of all time, that duet with Terri Clark ‘You Make it Hard.’ Nobody’s writing or singing songs like that anymore on the radio. It’s all safe stuff. We go deep. We go back to the ’90s. Instead of us using three colors to paint a song, we use the whole spectrum of crayons to make an entire, bigger picture, more in-depth album. And basically fans can expect greatness from this album — The K is Silent.”