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Cowboy Troy

Next month Troy Coleman, aka Cowboy Troy, will perform at the Country Music Awards in New York City. Cowboy Troy is one of Nashville's hot young stars. But unlike most country superstars, he raps, laying old-school rhymes over pedal-steel guitar. Far from just scoring points for originality, he actually pulls it off with his first two singles, "I Play Chicken (With the Train)" and the rap ballad "If You Don't Wanna Love Me."

TMN Contributing Writer Clay Risen’s first attempt to build a website fell apart after he learned that had been bought by a hardcore Christian rock band. Clay is a senior staff editor at the New York Times and the author, most recently, of The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. He lives in Brooklyn. More by Clay Risen

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