|Birth name||Troy Lee Coleman III1|
|Born||December 18, 1970|
|Associated acts||Big & Rich, Sarah Buxton, Vanilla Ice, Angela Hacker, MuzikMafia, M. Shadows|
Troy Lee Coleman III (born December 18, 1970), better known by his stage name Cowboy Troy, is an American musician who performs country rap (also referred to as "Hick-Hop"). He is a member of the MuzikMafia, an aggregation of country music singer-songwriters whose membership also includes Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and James Otto. He has released four studio albums and one EP, including two releases on Warner Bros. Records, and has charted twice on the Billboard country singles charts.
Troy graduated from Skyline High School in the Dallas Independent School District. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a bachelors degree.2 Prior to beginning his career as a singer, he worked as the assistant manager of a Dallas area Foot Locker.2
He got the name Cowboy Troy in college, after a friend used the name to distinguish the cowboy-hat-wearing Coleman from his other friends named Troy.3
On May 17, 2005, Troy released his first major-label solo album, Loco Motive, through the RAYBAW records production label and the Warner Music Group distribution label.4 The album debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The first single, "I Play Chicken with the Train," peaked at No. 48 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart on April 9, 2005 and was the No. 1 country download at the iTunes Music Store on April 15, 2005.
As a Chevrolet promotion, Troy, Wilson, and Big & Rich released "Our America" as a free, time-limited download on July 1, 2005. They also performed the song live at the Boston Pops concert on July 4, 2005. "Our America" combines "The Star-Spangled Banner" with spoken word of parts of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of independence, Pledge of Allegiance and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. The song peaked at No. 44 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, and appears as a bonus track on both Big & Rich's Comin' to Your City and Wilson's All Jacked Up albums.
Cowboy Troy released the single "If You Don't Wanna Love Me", a duet with Sarah Buxton. The single failed to chart, as did the follow-up, "My Last Yee Haw." A promotional single, titled "Hook 'Em Horns", was released on February 14, 2006 after his alma mater (Texas) won the national championship in football.
Troy made a special appearance at the March 13, 2006 episode of WWE's RAW in Beaumont, Texas. He came to the announcer's table and helped announce for the match between superstars Edge and Goldust. His entrance music was "My Last Yee Haw." The April 30 episode of WWE's Raw, broadcast from Nashville, showed Troy in the crowd. The announcers mentioned him, and his duties hosting Nashville Star. In 2007, he released Black in the Saddle.
Troy parted ways with Warner Bros. Nashville in 2008.6 He released Demolition Mission: Studio Blue Sessions in 2009.
Troy appeared on the May 21 and 22, 2012 finale of Season 14 of the U.S. television show Dancing With the Stars, performing "I Play Chicken With the Train."
He and his wife Laura have been married for 5 years (as of 2008). They have triplets - Reece Jacob, John Reagan and Riley Joseph.3
Cowboy Troy performed at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.7 He is a self-described black conservative and a member of the Republican Party who supported Senator John McCain in the 2008 U.S. presidential election3
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Black in the Saddle||
Studio Blue Sessions
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Before You Knew My Name||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Country||US Bubbling||US
|2005||"I Play Chicken with the Train" (with Big & Rich)||48||18||81||Loco Motive|
|"If You Don't Wanna Love Me" (with Sarah Buxton)||—||—||—|
|"My Last Yee Haw" (with Big & Rich)||—||—||—|
|"Hook 'Em Horns"||—||—||—||single only|
|2007||"Hick Chick" (with Angela Hacker)||—||—||—||Black in the Saddle|
|2009||"Cash in the Cookie Jar"||—||—||—||Demolition Mission|
|2010||"New Sheriff"||—||—||—||singles only|
|"Ballad of Cherokee Bill"||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2005||"Our America"||Big & Rich (with Gretchen Wilson)||44||Comin' to Your City|
|2005||"I Play Chicken With the Train"||Deaton-Flanigen|
|"If You Don't Wanna Love Me"||Shaun Silva|
|"My Last Yee Haw"||Kristin Barlowe|
|2007||"Hick Chick"||Shaun Silva|
- Full name per ASCAP database
- Cowboy Troy Bucks Country Rolling Stone Magazine "When the song took off last year, Troy had to leave his job at a Dallas Foot Locker store to tour with the duo, which was opening for Tim McGraw." May 05, 2005
- Washington Times: Q&A With Cowboy Troy
- Jeffries, David. "Cowboy Troy biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- Jewel Takes a Shine to 'Nashville Star', Singer joins Cowboy Troy as co-host Zap2it.com September 27, 2006
- Country Rosters Remain Stable Despite Sales Downturn
- New York Times - Checking Out the Parties’ Parties