Country acts headline Troy Fair

TROY – Big &?Rich, Cowboy Troy and The Lost Trailers will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 23 at the Troy Fair.

Tickets are available at the Troy Fair office; online at; and by phone at 570-297-4828.

The American country music duo of John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin are brought together by their passion for creating music that parallels their unique style. Their blend of traditional country sounds with a pinch of rock and roll and a dash of hip-hop makes them one of country music’s most original and creative duo.

It’s no coincidence that Big & Rich have had many big hits. Some include famous party-starter songs such as “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and “Comin’ to Your City.” Other hits include “Lost in This Moment,” “Holy Water,” “Fake ID,” featuring Gretchen Wilson, and “8th of November,” inspired by the Vietnam War.

Aside from the duo’s success as musicians and entertainers, they are accomplished in the songwriting side of the business. Rich has co-written many popular songs, including Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” and several big-time Jason Aldean hits such as “Hicktown” and “Amarillo Sky.” He also is responsible for Faith Hill songs such as “Mississippi Girl” and “Like We Never Loved at All.”

Alphin co-wrote the No. 1 song “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” for Tim McGraw and another hit for Gretchen Wilson titled “Here for the Party.”

Cowboy Troy, also known as Troy Coleman, is a popular accomplice with Big & Rich who got his start on their debut album, “Horse of a Different Color.”

His music twists together the best of country and rap to form a style he refers to as “hick-hop,” which creatively challenges a conventional view of traditional country music.

His hit songs include “I Play Chicken With the Train,” featuring Big & Rich; “Drink Drank Drunk,” featuring Big & Rich and Big Smo; “Hick Chick,” and “If You Don’t Wanna Love.”

The Lost Trailers will open the concert. Musicians Stokes Nielson, Charles Longoria and Jimmy Lykens originally were discovered by Willie Nelson. The band rose from performing locally to claiming three Academy of Country Music nominations and several Top 20 hits with their popular songs “Holler Back” and “Underdog.”

The band collaborated with Westwood One Sunday Night Football program to remix the songs “Holler Back” and “It’s Goin’ Down Tonight” to be heard on NFL broadcasts.

Also, The Lost Trailers will give their fans a chance to appear in a music video at every tour date that will showcase the crowd’s participation the night of the concert as well as the local community.