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Troy Olsen, an Arizona native, has been making his living through music for over a decade. Olsen’s album, self-titled Troy Olsen, was released on an independent label based in Arizona.

Troy Olsen is a follow-up to Olsen’s first album Living in Your World, which showcased artists such as Scott Joss and Skip Edwards, who were members of Dwight Yoakam’s band, petal steel player Jay Dee Maness and Producer James Intveld, who also played fiddle on the album.

“This record is just much more me,” Olsen says in his bio, a personal ‘snapshot’ view of his life on the road. "It more closely captures the spirit and energy of our live show. It’s just real music about real situations I’ve been in.”

During his time as a performer, Olsen has toured with many big country acts such as Merle Haggard, Brooks and Dunn, Clint Black, Charlie Robinson and Dwight Yoakam, his biggest inspiration and influence as an artist. “To be sharing the same microphone as Dwight and sharing the same stage with him is really coming full circle for me,” Olsen says excitedly. “As a kid, I really asked for my first guitar after hearing Dwight on the radio, so he directly inspired my playing. I’m still a huge fan of his music.”

Olsen is also renowned as a songwriter and guitarist. He got his first guitar at age 11 and taught himself to play. In the late ‘90s, he made many trips to Nashville with the intention of writing songs for other artists. It didn’t take him long to realize that songwriting was not all he wanted to do, so he moved back to Arizona in 2001 to play for live audiences again.

When Troy Olsen was in the process of being recorded, Kid Rock happened to be recording in the same studio. Rock’s guitarist stopped by to listen for a while, and before they knew it Kid Rock himself had made his way into the room. Impressed with the song “Rock This Honky-Tonk,” Rock agreed to be on the album. “He is an amazing and generous artist,” Olsen says.

“I’ve known this is what I want to do with my life since I was a child” Olsen says. “Even though I’ve been listening to, writing and performing country music all my life, with this album I finally feel really connected to the music I’m making and the people I’m making it for … Doing what you love for a living is the best job in the world.”

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