Dierks Bentley’s Alter Ego: Big Rhythm Doug

Who the Hell Are the Hot Country Knights?

Is this Dierks Bentley’s Chris Gaines? Or his Pistol Annies?

I have absolutely no idea what Bentley is up to, and honestly, I don’t know if I even want to know.

I’ve always loved the T-shirt and jeans and crew cut Bentley. So to see him like this — in a brassy blond choppy mullet, a black bib-front Western shirt with a red tie and Wrangler jeans with a rise so high his belt buckle is nestled right below his nipples — just kind of takes me back to a time when country singers weren’t half as sexy as they are now.

Bentley and his “band” Hot Country Knights have even taken on new names. His is Douglas “Big Rhythm Doug” Douglason. The rest of the guys go by Trevor Travis, Barry Van Ricky, Shelton Van Ricky, Dillard “Monte” Montgomery, Cade “Bonesy” McCoy, Terotej “Terry” Dvoraczekinsky and Vinnie “Frenzy Fingers” Pompanell.

This new band of brothers started popping up on social media on Thursday (Jan. 15). And maybe it’s all just Bentley’s way of shining a light on all the great ’90s country music that influenced him. Travis Tritt, Randy Travis and Reba songs are playing on their Facebook page. And if you look closely at the photo of Bentley, he’s the spitting image of Joe Diffie.

This new group is playing an invite-only show at The Stage in Nashville on Feb. 25 during this year’s CRS, playing “all the hits by Brooks & Dunn, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, Sawyer Brown, Tim McGraw, Blackhawk and more.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.
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