Along with Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy pioneered the ‘hick hop’ sound a decade ago when he sang and rapped on the duo’s Horse of a Different Color debut. Since then, he was signed to Warner Brothers Nashville where he released two albums (including his biggest hit to date “I Play Chicken With The Train”) before paying ways. Troy released an indie album in 2009 (Demolition Mision:Studio Blue Sessions) before returning to Warner Music Nashville to release this 8 track album, King Of Clubs. The album is a party ready album that should slot it somewhere comfortably in the same field as Big Smo, The Lacs, Lenny Cooper, Bubba Sparxxx and Colt Ford, among others.
King Of Clubs is interesting in that it features interludes that mix the entire album into a club album where everything flows from song to song. Big & Rich and Big Smo join Troy on “Drink Drank Drunk” (which is a good bridge from his older stuff to the rest of the tracks on King of Clubs) while Bubba Sparxxx guests on “Club Criminal”. The Moonshine Bandits guests on “Mack Truck” (as does John Rich and D-Thrash from Jawga Boyz) and there are sing-a-long songs like “Rope It Off” (a song ready for a club dance remix and dance).
The album will be everything Cowboy Troy fans have come to like through the years with a little more edginess that has come to the forefront through the rise of the Southern Country/Rap music thanks to all of the artists mentioned here. Fans of either the genre or Cowboy Troy will likely find something to like about King Of Clubs and while he may not be Eminem, Cowboy Troy is a charming likable rapper and frontman and that easily makes King of Clubs a likable Hick Hop album.