- Released: May 17, 2005
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Rolling Stone - No. 975, p.723.5 stars out of 5
- "[Troy] sounds right at home with the country fiddles..."
- 1.I Play Chicken with the Train
- 2.Crick in My Neck
- 3.Ain't Broke Yet
- 4.If You Don't Wanna Love Me
- 5.My Last Yee Haw
- 6.Tejano, El
- 7.Somebody's Smilin' on Me
- 8.Do Your Thang
- 9.Beast on the Mic
- 10.Whoop Whoop
- 12.Wrap Around the World
Personnel: Cowboy Troy (vocals); James Pennebaker, Adam Shoenfeld (guitar, electric guitar); Paul Allen (guitar); Paul "PDA" Allen (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mike Johnson (steel guitar); Michael Rojas (piano, Farfisa, Hammond b-3 organ, synthesizer); Ethan Pilzer (bass guitar); Atom, Jonathan Nicholson, Jon Nicholson, Atom (background vocals); Jill Kinsey (vocals, background vocals); John Rich (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Dan Dugmore (lap steel guitar, dobro); Randy Kohrs (dobro); Jonathan Yudkin (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, strings); Larry Franklin (fiddle); Brian Barnett (drums, percussion); James Otto, Paul Worley, Tim McGraw, Big Kenny , Liana Manis, Joan Bush (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Big & Rich.
Audio Mixer: Bart Pursley.
Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Sony ATV Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Clay Patrick McBridge.
Considering that Cowboy Troy proudly bills himself as the "first black country rapper" and the inventor of "hick-hop," listeners might be excused for writing him off as mere novelty. Doing so, however, would cause them to miss an extraordinary talent, who not only revels in breaking boundaries, but rustles up a heck of a block party.
"Crick in My Neck," which combines a funk beat with twanging banjo and Floyd Cramer-like piano tinkling, could serve as a hilarious anthem for girl watchers of every stripe. "If You Don't Wanna Love Me" borrows a vocal melody from Chicago's "Hold Me Now," while sensitively tackling the oft-mined hip-hop topic of turbulent domestic relations, but from a suburban point of view. Of course, Cowboy Troy is, above all else, a rapper and therefore required by the genre's laws to include a song devoted to bragging about his skills. "Beast on the Mic" is a worthy entry that not only displays some fleet rhyming, but pulls off the neat trick of matching down-home fiddle licks with raging nu-metal guitar. LOCO MOTIVE is a wildly ambitious album that succeeds in defying expectations, while never succumbing to simple shock tactics.