Troy Olsen - Self-Titled
Album review by:
Connie Breeden, CSO Staff Journalist
would you find a great, traditional sounding, country voice
in the middle of a barren desert? Well, let me tell you
where! Just look under the black hat of Arizona cowboy,
Raised in the small town of Duncan, Arizona, Olsen worked on
his parents, and grandparents, ranch for many long hours
each day. Inspired by country legends of the 70's and 80's,
he developed a true passion for country music that would
lead him down a uniquely different trail.
After buying his first guitar, and teaching himself how to
play, be began songwriting. Moving to Nashville, he teamed
up with songwriter Marv Green, best known for George
Strait's "It Just Comes Natural." Together these two would
write the perfect song, "Ghost Town Train." Olsen says this
song represented a breakthrough for him. "It was the first
time I had the DNA of what I thought my sound was in my
head," Olsen admits. "If I never write anything else, I've
got one song that really represents me and my music". This
song is an ode to a lost love and it will really have you
thinking about your loved ones and what they mean to you.
"Truth or Consequences" is obviously the truth about hurting
someone and suffering the consequences. A line from the song
goes "the truth is I wrecked our love / the consequences
I've been up three nights in a row / headed for the postmark
on a goodbye note." By the end of this song I was
singing along. I think I can safely say we have all been
You may have been introduced to Olsen via his hit song
"Summer Thing", or you my have seen his video on CMT or GAC,
but "Let Me Take You There" is my favorite song on the CD.
It's a real good song about being in love, trusting,
dreaming, and sharing the little things in life, like
holding hands and walking in the rain.
I enjoyed the entire CD. Olsen captivated me with his
alluring country sound and I was impressed by the true
dedication he has to his western roots. This is one cowboy
who had me fooled, under his black cowboy hat, which
traditionally signifies the wearer is a "bad guy," you will
find only a very gentle heart.