- The Washington Times - Friday, October 17, 2008

Cowboy Troy is a musician and is a Republican. That is unique enough - even more so since he is an African-American Republican cowboy. Quite a combination. And this year, Mr. Troy performed at the Republican convention. He and his wife Laura, who have been married for five years, have 16-months-old triplets - Reece Jacob, John Reagan and Riley Joseph, who is the youngest by a minute. We interviewed Cowboy Troy recently to find out more about his music, life and political views.

TWT: Your real name is Troy Coleman. How did you get your stage name Cowboy Troy?

CT: The nickname Cowboy Troy came from college. A buddy used the name to distinguish me from his other friends named Troy. I used to wear a cowboy hat all the time at the University of Texas, so that is what he started calling me.

TWT: What is ‘Hick-Hop’?

CT: To me, it meant taking country music and taking rock music, rap music and combining all of that. While living in Dallas, all my friends and I listened to country and rap. I wanted to make music that was entertaining to us and came up with Hick-Hop music.

TWT: Why don’t you talk about your family more? They are not on your Web page or Myspace page.

CT: I’m proud of my family and my wife and kids, but I don’t want them to be feel like they are on display.

TWT: You performed at the Republican National Convention this year. What made you accept the gig?

CT: Being a Republican, it seemed like the coolest thing for me to do. It was the biggest thing that have had ever happened to anyone in our family politically. They offered me the gig and I had to go.

TWT: Why do you support McCain-Palin?

CT: I’m conservative because I think it is important to at least be fiscally sound. These policies are important to me and my family. As a father and husband, I need to think about college (for my children) and taking care of my family. [John] McCain and [Sarah] Palin, I support being a Christian and being pro-life because that makes sense to me as a husband and father.

TWT: Do you fear that being outspoken as a black conservative will draw a backlash from the black community and/or with the recording industry like what happened to the Dixie Chicks?

CT: I don’t know. There is probably bound to be someone who winds up being upset about me being a conservative and a black conservative on top of that, since minorities have voted on the Democrat side of things in this country historically. Being pro-life, being fiscally conservative, being fiscally sound, it made sense for me to be a Republican. I am sure someone is going to take offense to that.

Everything I have heard about the Democratic ticket - you know people say it’s a chance to make history - I am more worried about being fiscally sound.

I am more focused on what I think is going to be best for our country and that is McCain and Palin.

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