HOT COUNTRY KNIGHTS

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Some said this moment would never happen. But in spite of 30 wasted years
and countless bad decisions, the ’90s influenced country band Hot Country Knights has
come riding in to save Country music from itself, after signing a worldwide recording deal
with Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN). The Knights promise to bring real ’90s
Country music back to a format that’s been drowning in male sensitivity, cashmere
cardigan sweaters.

Famous for never giving up on the dream of the ‘90s, the Knights spent the last few
decades watching as country morphed from a proudly vigorous genre into something
almost unrecognizable. But lead singer 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 have the antidote as The K Is Silent puts the “T” back in country.

“Some artists out there tried to put the ‘O’ back in country, that was a thing for a while….
but what it’s really missing is the ‘T,’” band leader Douglas (“Doug”) Douglason said.
“Country music has Low-T right now…it could use a pick me up, if you know what I mean.
Those record label people over at Universal finally realized that only the Knights could be
up to a task this big and hard.”

With a forthcoming project built on the bounding rhythms and bright, organic euphoria of
live Country music – with truly gratifying lyrics. The Knights are adamant about the fact
they could have done it themselves. Instead, they allowed longtime admirer Dierks
Bentley to produce – a partnership born from a deep sense of man-to-man pity.

“Boy he sucks, basically,” says lead guitarist Rayro. “I didn’t want to have to be the one
to say it, but we’re helping him out, let’s just be clear there.”

“When [Dierks] first moved to town he was struggling, and he saw us crushing a big
venue,” Douglason adds, although he can’t recall which Hooters’ parking lot it was. “We
inspired him, so he thinks he’s paying us back in some way by offering to produce us –
but we all know what’s really going on here. He’s trying to grab onto the old mullet and
ride it as hard as he can.”

Despite Bentley’s involvement, the Knights emerged with a collection they predict will
have fans lined up around their local Tower Records and Sam Goody locations, with the
first single “Pick Her Up” featuring Travis Tritt to get the action started.

A classic barnstormer featuring rollicking guitar solos and a freewheeling guest
appearance by ‘90s icon Travis Tritt, it’s a sound the band has dubbed “Hot Country
Knights 101.” “We wanted to introduce our fans to what actual, real country music is,”
Douglason explains. “None of that snap-track shit that’s out there now. So this is just
straight ahead, balls-to-the-wall slapping out that tempo.”

Other unforgettable moments include the modern-day drifter’s lament, “Asphalt,” a
touching ballad about the band’s curve-hugging motivation. As dedicated road warriors,
they’ve basically lived out of a van their entire existence – even when they weren’t
touring.

“The road calls and you answer,” says the Russian born Terry. “You go town to town, you
meet pretty lady, share boiled-rabbit soup, glass of wine, and then you must move on to
next town. It’s just the way it is.”

“It’s really well rounded,” Douglason says of the track’s ample emotional cushion. “It’s a
tender song, and my mom loves it.”

“We’re just keeping it ‘90s, the way it’s supposed to be,” says Travis, the band’s lead bass
player and sometimes co-lead singer.

After all this time, some may ask “Why now?” It comes down to something much more …
substance. According to the band, they couldn’t just sit back and watch Country let its
proud heritage droop and sag.

“See, we were out on the road singing a lot of other people’s hits, and we called
them Greatest Hits because by us singing them, it made them great,” Douglason
explains. “But this is a step beyond our Greatest Hits. This is all original material, and it’s
the best stuff to come out of Nashville since like, 1999. I’m excited for the fans to hear it.”
“And I’m excited for them to buy it,” Rayro adds.

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SAM HUNT’S SOUTHSIDE SNEAK PEEK, VOLUME 1

Multi-Platinum-selling country star Sam Hunt releases his eagerly-awaited sophomore album SOUTHSIDE, Friday (April 3rd) on MCA Nashville. The album will feature his latest #1 radio hit “Kinfolks,” his new single, “Hard to Forget,” the introspective ballad “Sinning With You,” and more from the award-winning artist. SOUTHSIDE will be the first full album since Hunt’s critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated, Triple-Platinum-selling debut, Montevallo.

Each day, we will give you a sneak peek of his new album, lead

The Georgia native talks about his recent No.1 “Kinfolks” in Volume 1.

We’ve included a :60 version, as well as the full version, which includes the song.

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SAM HUNT “SOUTHSIDE” ALBUM AUDIO TOOLKIT.

We have compiled an array of content — a variety of liners and soundbites – from SAM HUNT to equip you with everything you might need to put together your own album radio special; roll-out tracks leading up to –and following — the release of his new record, SOUTHSIDE, to use in news feeds, radio specials and much more. Check out all of details below (including audio liners and soundbites, as well as transcriptions) to create your own content surrounding Sam’s new album release.

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Multi-Platinum-selling country star Sam Hunt releases his eagerly-awaited sophomore album SOUTHSIDE, April 3rd on MCA Nashville. The album will feature his latest #1 radio hit “Kinfolks,” his new single, “Hard to Forget,” the introspective ballad “Sinning With You,” and more from the award-winning artist. SOUTHSIDE will be the first full album since Hunt’s critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated, Triple-Platinum-selling debut, Montevallo, which was released nearly six years ago in 2014.

SOUTHSIDE Track List:

  1. 2016 (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Thompson)
  2. Hard To Forget (Sam Hunt, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley, Audrey Grisham, Russ Hull, Mary Jean Shurtz)
  3. Kinfolks (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne, Jerry Flowers)
  4. Young Once (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, Josh Osborne)
  5. Body Like A Back Road (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally)
  6. That Ain’t Beautiful (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally)
  7. Let It Down (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Chris LaCorte, Josh Osborne, Ernest K Smith)
  8. Downtown’s Dead (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, Charlie Handsome)
  9. Nothing Lasts Forever (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally)
  10. Sinning With You (Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Paul DiGiovanni, Emily Weisband)
  11. Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Chris LaCorte, Josh Osborne, Ernest K Smith)
  12. Drinkin’ Too Much (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, Stuart Hine)

LUKE BRYAN HITS THE TOP OF THE COUNTRY CHART WITH “WHAT SHE WANTS TONIGHT.”

Luke Bryan has just scored his 24th No. 1 single with his latest smash, “What She Wants Tonight.” The song, written by Luke, Ross Copperman, Hillary Lindsey and Jon Nite and produced by Jeff and Jody Stevens, is the follow up to Luke’s No. 1 single “Knockin’ Boots” and is the second release from his upcoming studio album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, due out later this year.

Luke says he was really excited about the “infectious” song as it was coming together. “Ross came in, and he had the track and that drum loop in the front kind of dialed in, and the second I heard it, it was just really, really infectious. And then we were able to just really put a really great lyric (together) with a high energy track. When we came up with the hook – ‘She gets what she wants/and I get to be what she wants tonight,’ I was just, it just felt like something that could be played on the radio and it felt like something like that’s what women want to hear. They want to have a confident guy kind of singing to them in that way, and I hadn’t been this excited about a song in some time.”

Audio / LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT WRITING HIS LATEST SMASH HIT, “WHAT SHE WANTS TONIGHT.”

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Luke Bryan (What She Wants Tonight writing) OC: …in some time. :47
“‘What She Wants Tonight’ is a song that I wrote at my house with Jon Nite, Ross Copperman and Hillary Lindsey, and I’ve been wanting to get together and write with all of them for some time now. Ross came in, and he had the track and that drum loop in the front kind of dialed in, and the second I heard it, it was just really, really infectious. And then we were able to just really put a really great lyric (together) with a high energy track. When we came up with the hook – ‘She gets what she wants/and I get to be what she wants tonight,’ I was just, it just felt like something that could be played on the radio and it felt like something like that’s what women want to hear. They want to have a confident guy kind of singing to them in that way, and I hadn’t been this excited about a song in some time.”

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