Episode 148 with Cowboy Troy

Texas rapper chats about career and new music

In the mid 2000’s, Cowboy Troy defined a new era in country music with country rap — or hick hop, as he has coined it. The Texas born rapper released Loco Motive in 2005 with “I Play Chicken With The Train” landing in the Top 50 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. It paved the way for a genre that some may argue is unrecognizable today with its hip hop and R&B loops.

Cowboy Troy was a member of the MuzikMafia (Musically Artistic Friends In Alliance) which was founded by Big & Rich’s John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin in 2001. The collective contained a variety of outliers in the Nashville community who mixed styles and genres. MuzikMafia grew a vast fanbase as they often hosted late night jam sessions around Nashville that included a variety of guest performers like Jon Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Jewel, and others, to name a few.

We spoke with Cowboy Troy after the 2022 CMA Fest to chat about his career, new music and what’s ahead.

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Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email: info@themusicuniverse.com