Hot Country Knights Drop the Beat on ‘Moose Knuckle Shuffle’

Is this country's next viral dance craze?

Written by Chris Parton
Hot Country Knights Drop the Beat on ‘Moose Knuckle Shuffle’
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 14: Recording artist Douglas "Doug" Douglason (L) and guitarist Marty Ray "Rayro" Roburn of Hot Country Knights perform at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on February 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Mullet-loving newcomers the Hot Country Knights are bringing back yet another staple of the ’90s with their new track, “Moose Knuckle Shuffle,” dropping the beat on a tightly-wound line dance.

Showing what they’re packing with a boot-scootin’ new video, the track was written by the all-hands-on-deck team of Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, Buddy Brock, Dan Hochalter, Chase McGill, Zach Turner and Brett Tyler, sporting some “vivid” imagery and front man Doug Douglason’s adequate vocal stylings. The bulging two-stepper even references a famous line dance of the past — Tracy Byrd’s “Watermelon Crawl” — and Douglason says it’s meant as an open critique of how today’s country stars dress.

“Jeans are supposed to be worn high and tight … the way the Knights and guys like Trace and Billy Ray wore them back around the mid ’90s,” he explains. “Tight in all the right places, not down by your calves where these current ‘modern’ guys like Dirk Bradley [sic] and Luke Bryan and that tall guy from that girl group Lady Antebellum wear them. The Knights trademarked the Moose Knuckle, just like we did the mullet, and this video is more like a public service announcement for these guys. If you want to get the girl, hike up your jeans and dance. It’s not rocket science.”

“You shuffle to the left, shuffle to the right / Put your hands in your pants and you hike ‘em up high / No matter what you’re packin’ underneath that belt buckle / Everybody do the moose knuckle shuffle,” the inspiring chorus goes.

“Moose Knuckle Shuffle” is featured on the star-studded track list to band’s album debut, The K Is Silent, and follows up previous releases “Asphalt” and “Pick Her Up” (featuring Travis Tritt). The album arrives May 1, and the Knights will kick off their  2020 One Knight Stand Tour April 7 in San Diego, California.