Hot Country Knights and Terri Clark Drop Steamy ‘You Make It Hard’ Video

With less than a week until the release of their debut album, The K Is Silent, country music’s most buzzed-about…

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Lauren Jo Black

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April 24, 2020

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With less than a week until the release of their debut album, The K Is Silent, country music’s most buzzed-about new group, Hot Country Knights, unveiled “You Make It Hard,” a sensual collaboration with ’90s country star Terri Clark.

Like the rest of Hot Country Knights’ catalog, the tongue in cheek tune is filled with clever wordplay and innuendos.

“With an ache in my heart and blood rushing to my head,” lead singer Doug Douglason croons during the first verse, while the chorus finds Douglason and Clark singing, “You make it hard, hard for me to leave this room.”

In an interview with Variety, Douglason compared the duet to previous collaborations between Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

“It’s just like a lot of the great Tim and Faith songs back in the ‘90s that you can interpret any way you want to, but it’s just a song about her making it hard — hard for me to leave the room — because we like each other,” he explained.

Filled with passion and animal print, the accompanying music video features the duet partners lying in a queen-size bed, rolling around with each other on silky sheets. As Douglason and Clark frolic in the sheets, his bandmates hilariously spin the bed in circles and fan them with a large box fan.

“I saw a lot more of Doug than I really thought I ever would when we did that video shoot,” Clark recently shared with Variety. “He came out in a pair of Fruit of the Loom tighty-whities and some rather sexy snakeskin cowboy boots, and, well, I saw a lot. I mean, it was pretty hard to hold myself back, so it came pretty naturally. But I was afraid I was going to have to take an anti-nausea medication of some kind, because the bed was spinning pretty good there.”

“You Make It Hard” was produced and written by Dierks Bentley alongside Jim Beavers, Mary Hilliard Harrington, Jon Randall and Luke Wooten.

The song will appear on the group’s upcoming debut album. The 10-song project drops May 1.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.