Troy Coleman, 18 December 1970, Victoria, Texas, USA. Blending country and rap into his self-styled hick-hop style, 6 feet 5 inches black rapper Cowboy Troy emerged at the start of the new millennium as one of the more unusual figures on the Nashville music scene. He first began performing while studying psychology at the University of Texas, wearing a cowboy hat and rapping over club beats at local club events. After a series of independent releases at the start of the new millennium, his music career began to go places when he became a regular contributor to the MuzikMafia round-table night, a Nashville-based weekly event organised by the country duo Big And Rich (John Rich and Kenny Alphin). His association with the duo strengthened when he began appearing as part of their live show and contributed some memorable moments to their hit 2004 album, Horse Of A Different Color, most notably on the track Rollin (The Ballad Of Big & Rich).
Troy subsequently landed his own recording contract with Warner Brothers Nashville, with both Rich and Alphin providing prominent songwriting and production support to the recording of his mainstream debut. Loco Motive, which was released through the MuzikMafia imprint Raybaw in summer 2005, gave free rein to Cowboy Troys eclectic musical tastes. He promoted the album with an extensive touring schedule and a spot as co-host on the reality television show Nashville Star. His second album Black In The Saddle eschewed the jokey tone of his debut in favour of a harder rocking and self-conciously serious approach.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.