- 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.

TWT: You sang “Raising McCain” at the convention with John Rich - did you have a role in writing that? What was the significance of the song?

CT: John Rich wrote that song. He was the sole writer … It is something that gets Republicans fired up, and that is a good thing. I asked my wife when the early-voting period was so that I can go ahead and get voting done early, especially with my tour schedule. I don’t want to miss voting because of work. I want to get to the polls and vote and vote early so, I can get that taken care of.

TWT: Anything you want to tell us about your new album “Black in the Saddle”?

CT: “Locomotive” was a crazy record, when you think about what came to pass with it. But this album is straight up insane, there are some songs that are more aggressive than others, but some make you think, like “Man with a Microphone.” It talks about my interpretation of what happens in the news. If you have not heard it yet, you should go and listen to it. It brings to light things that might not seem important to some people, but they are to others, because I have got the microphone I can get up and speak about things that are important to me and my family and my band. I don’t want to be preachy. It is just that I am the man with the microphone. Sit down and have a few minutes with the song and you will get what I mean.

TWT: What makes your fan base unique?

CT: Well, the majority of my fans are the people that gravitate to pro wrestling. They like heavy metal. People say I think outside the box and I say what box is there to begin with … That is my approach to things.

Deborah Corey is an editorial writer for The Washington Times.

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