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Olsen makes debut on Opry

Monday, August 23, 2010 – Troy Olsen realized a longtime dream when he made his Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night, Aug. 17. Olsen performed his current single Summer Thing plus Good Hands. and Tumbleweed. All three songs are included on his self-titled debut EP available at iTunes on Oct. 5.

Olsen told the crowd that even though he has listened to hundreds of Grand Ole Opry radio shows, he has never even been to see it in person because he wanted his first time at the Opry to be when he was actually playing on the Opry stage. He once even made his own mother so mad because he refused to go with them when they were in Nashville to visit. He got that chance Tuesday night.

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Troy Olsen EP CD review - Troy Olsen EP
Rather than a full album, Troy Olsen came out of the gate with an EP released as a digital download only. Summer Thing was the first of the tracks served up as a single. Though it's got enough Cervezas and pretty girls for a Kenny Chesney song, there's an edge of melancholy in both the lyrics and the delivery. An undercurrent of harder times and problems best forgotten adds an air of realism to what might otherwise be just another party song. It also delivers a strong sense of place, »»»
Living In Your World
One look at the way he wears his hat over his eyes, and you'll know who is Troy Olsen's biggest influence. And one song on this album ("Who Gave You The Right") does copy Dwight Yoakam's sound too closely. But that track is an aberration. For the most part, Olsen uses Yoakam the way young Dwight used Buck Owens - as a jumping off point to turn something old into something new. The Arizona native recorded his debut in Southern California with many veterans of that area's country music scene - »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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