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Troy Cook Jr Interview

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Music has been a life long Passion with 17 years old Troy Cook, a young man who possesses a great voice as well as being a talented multi-instrumentalist. At just 17 years old, he has a lot of years ahead of him, but if there is any justice, those coming years will see this young man joining the ranks of artists such as George Strait, Alan Jackson & co.

I interviewed Troy in July 2000.

Ray Grundy
Troy Cook Jr

  You're only 17 years old, yet you play 7 different instruments! Has music always been a part of your life?

  You're right, I'm 17 years old and as far as instruments go, about 5 years ago I started playing guitar, and during that period of time, I learned 6 other instruments besides the guitar. I can now play the Pedal Steel, Dobro, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin & Drums. I can confidently say, I can play these instruments well enough, to play them in the band i'm in or on recording sessions. Like I said, I have been playing music for about 5 years, but prior to that I spent a couple of years learning to sing.

There's a history of performing in my family, my aunt had some success as a singer and my Grandfather was an original member of the 'Stamp Quartet.'

 How long have you been performing with your band?
  The band that i'm with now and have been for about a year, is called 'Restless Kind.' Prior to that I was playing Pedal steel and singing for Chris Wyatt, a singer you're probably familiar with because he has had success on the European radio market.
  How have you found combining a music career with school studies?
  Combining music and school work, it simply required me to convert to home studies!
  You've just released a single on Country Discovery Records, "Die With My Boots On," a great, modern, but solid country track! Is this you're first ever release, and how hard was it picking a song to make you're debut with?
  "Die With My Boots On" is my first ever release! It was a difficult task picking my first ever release. However, I'm lucky enough to have songwriters as friends which somewhat made this task easier, such as Dennis Atkins who wrote "Die With My Boots On." You probably have heard of him too, because he's had lots of success on European radio.
  How successful has the single been for you?
  For some months now it has been playing solid on European radio, Dutch country stations the U.K. and Australia! It's been on several different charts over this period of time. it has recently been released in the U.S. and is picking up heavy airplay, and I might add that all the reviews have been great both in the U.S. and abroad on this song.
 You have an album due for release! Can you tell us about that?
  I have an album of ten songs due for release at the end of this year. "Die With My Boots On" will be included along with other songs due for release between now and then. And I can't tell you how excited I am about th at!
  Being so young, you're probably influenced by a lot of other music besides country! Do you ever see yourself crossing over into the pop market, as so many other country artists have done lately?
  I suppose I'm kinda young to be getting into this business, but I can honestly say I've never been influenced by anything but country music and never see myself involved in other types of music but country!
What other interests do you have besides music?
I've been raised on a large farm not far from Nashville and Memphis. I love outside activities like baseball, hunting, fishing, golf, horses, cows and farming in general!
You're music is being promoted Internationally! Would you like to see yourself touring the world in the future? Maybe coming to see us in the U.K.?
I'm very happy that my music is being promoted Internationally! I'd love to see the world, and especially the U.K.
What is you're big ambition? What would you like to see Troy Cook Jr achieve in the future?
I would like to develop to my full potential as a musician, whatever that might be and develop my highest possible moral and social standard and maintain them throughout my life.
Troy, I would like to wish you all the best for your future success, you have a great talent and you certainly deserve to do well!
Well, I'd like to say Ray and everyone at Radio Metro, for the opportunity to talk to you folks in this part of the world, thank you very much!


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