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Troy Olsen - Self-Titled Debut Album
Album review by: Connie Breeden, CSO Staff Journalist

Where 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, Troy Olsen.

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 there.

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.



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