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TROY Rocks 2nd Annual Toys for Tickets Presented By Q102.1

2nd Annual Toys for Tickets Raises Over 300 Toys

The 2nd Annual Toys for Tickets holiday toy drive was a giant success and we are grateful to have been a part of this event for the second year in a row! Presented by Springfield’s Rock Station Q102.1,  Toys for Tickets was created to help raise toys for less fortunate kids during the Christmas season by having concert-goers provide a toy instead of money for a ticket. We had such a fun time being a part of the first Toys for Tickets in 2016 and the 2nd Annual event was no different!

The lineup included The Pour, Bridge to Grace, TROY & Devour the Day. Over 300 toys were collected to be donated! Events like this are always a great reminder of how strong and supportive our rock community is. One of the reasons why we do what we do is because of the gift of giving and the good that comes from sharing joy with others. We thank Q102.1 for continuing this awesome deal and having us on the show for some pregaming, the Outland Ballroom for housing the party, as well as the Springfield rock community and all our brothers and sisters for rocking out for a great cause!    Happy holidays TROY Nation!

Q1021 2nd Annual Toys for Tickets Donation Truck

Q102.1 and the toy donation truck filled with toys collected through Toys for Tickets!


TROY with Baden from Springfield's Rock Station Q1021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~TROY

 

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Let It Ride Tour

TROY Let It Ride tour picture - Fall 2016.

Coming to a city near you!

The TROY Fall 2016 Let It Ride tour kicks off in Springfield, MO on August 19th with more dates to be added soon. TROY looks forward to returning to the road and seeing many old friends as well as hitting some new places too! We can’t wait to see you out and about!

Find out more info on dates, ticket information and our EP Two Worlds at our Facebook!

Everything that we are is The Reality Of Yourself – See you soon!

Let It Ride Tour 

August 27th – Cicero’s / St. Louis, MO
September 2nd – Outland Ballroom / Springfield, MO
September 3rd – Roadhouse / Laquey, MO
September 9th – Blackthorn / Joplin, MO
September 10th – Private Party
September 17th – All Star Rock Bar / Kansas City, MO
October 7th – The Elbow Room / Wichita, KS
October 8th– Cartoon’s Big Room – SPRINGFIELD ROCKFEST w/ Paralandra / Springfield, MO
October 13th– Club Impulse & Rehab Room w/ SALIVA / Columbia, MO
October 14th – Shots / Rolla, MO
October 15th– The Mission / Jeff City, MO
October 22nd – Rocktoberfest / Harrison, AR
October 29th – Venue Shrine / Tulsa, OK
November 5th– Shooters Bar / Fort Smith, AR
November 10th– The Trap Bar / Topeka, KS
November 11th– Private Party
November 12th– Shamrock’s Pub & Grill / Omaha, NE
November 23rd – Shots / Rolla, MO
November 25th– The All Star Rock Bar / Kansas City, MO
November 26th – Roadhouse Bar & Grille / Laquey, MO

 

~T.R.O.Y~

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TROY Joins Rocklahoma 2016 Lineup!

TROY Joins Rocklahoma 2016 Lineup

See you Memorial Day weekend for the long awaited Rocklahoma 2016!

We are so excited to be joining Rocklahoma 2016 in Pryor,OK! We will help kick-off the weekend at the Campground Party on Thursday May 26th and we will officially start the festival on Friday at 12:00 pm. Thursday we will be on the Camp Jager stage and Friday we will be rockin’ on the Axis Entertainment stage presented by D&B Processing.We would like to send a big thank you to the folks at Lifefest SEK for making this opportunity possible for us. Lifefest SEK is an annual music festival in Cherryvale, KS that originated in 2012 that raises money for children with cancer and other chronic illnesses. As part of their festival, Lifefest hosts a battle of the bands (BOTB) in which the winners can win a spot on Rocklahoma. We feel honored that we were picked as the 2016 BOTB winner and again would like to send a big thank you to Lifefest SEK and to all of our fans who supported us at the show. Not only that but we would also like to say congratulations to Lifefest SEK for raising nearly $4,000 for their family in need this year – we love that music can bring people together for such a good cause!

Rocklahoma

 

 

 Official Rocklahoma Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

TROY has been on the move this year rolling into summer after the spring Deadman’s Tour. Having already played some huge shows with great bands including several with Shaman’s Harvest and the recent debut with Black Stone Cherry, we look forward to an opportunity like ROK to join some more of the best bands in rock. Check out the lineup on the flyer above and follow the link to find the officially announced schedule. If you or someone you know is going to be kicking it at Rocklahoma this year make sure to look for the TROY merch tent and come say hi! Rock on, TROY nation!

~T.R.O.Y

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Rock Revival & Pink Floyd Tribute!

TROY Rock Revival and Pink Floyd Tribute w/ TROY at Cartoon's Big Room Springfield, mo Classic rock tribute night featuring In the Middle, Fishing for Saturday, Shyner and TROY April 23, 2016

The classic songs that embody our ‘classic rock’ radio stations today have had as much of an influence on our listening and our writing as anything else. We grew up listening to these songs every day, we learned to love them and they’ve taught us so much about music and our own playing. These songs only continue to inspire us which is why we are absolutely pumped about our Rock Revival show coming up! On April 23, 2016 we will be hitting the stage at Cartoon’s Big Room to do a night of rock n’ roll covers with a special tribute to Pink Floyd! Joining us that night are In the Middle, Fishing For Saturday and Shyner. We will also be joined by special guest Ryan Dunn, music enthusiast and extraordinary sax player.

Tickets are available online through Ticketleap. Tickets are also available through the bands and Springfield’s Stick It In Your Ear.

More details can be found at our Facebook!

Cartoon’s Oyster Bar & Grill (Big Room)
Saturday, April 23rd
All Ages
Doors: 7pm
Tickets $8/$10 day of show

 

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Toys for Tickets Raised 350+ Toys for Springfield, MO Kids

TROY Rocked Toys for Tickets w/ Stitched Up Heart, Like a Storm & Trapt

The Reality Of Yourself had a blast at the first annual Toys for Tickets presented by Q102.1 and was reminded by this event of why we love our rock community so much! Toys for Tickets was created to help raise toys for less fortunate kids in our own community during the Christmas season by having concert-goers provide a toy instead of money for a ticket.  TROY joined the stage with Stitched Up Heart, Like a Storm & Trapt for the sold out event – over 350 toys were collected to be donated!

 

Toys for Tickets with TROY Stitched Up Heart & Trapt

TROY donates towards Toys for Tickets 2015

 

 

 

 

Q102.1 was awesome for putting this thing together and the community did amazing at following through and making the whole thing a great success! TROY feels grateful to have been a part of a great cause and honored to have shared the night with so many amazing artists and fans. Our rock community is strong & this was a great reminder of the difference we can make when we make the decision to.

Happy Holidays TROY Nation!

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TROY and Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios

Cord Bishop of rock band TROY laying down vocal tracks with Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios

TROY band at NRG Studios in Hollywood, CA interviewed by Ernie BallKyle Girth of TROY band looking at Hollywood sign during visit to NRG studios  to record with Jay Baumgardner.

 

 

 

 

 

Jay and Ernie Ball greeted us with open arms!

The Pilgrimage….

…It seemed like forever counting the days before our trip started, but as soon as we got to the West coast time took on a whole different meaning. From the moment we stepped of the plane in Cali, we knew we were beholding a special moment for us in life as musicians. We had finally made the pilgrimage to the Mecca of Rock.

Thankfully we got picked up by a few of our fellow friends and Native Cali rockers Keoni and Micheal of Elements of Kadence & Kyle Ragsdale who was Erik’s previous band mate. These are some of the hardest working guys we know and they all held Springfield as their stomping ground in the past. These cats helped take good care of us & after the obligatory dash to in-and-out burger at 1 in the morning, we were off through the Hollywood hills to find our Airbnb guest house and home for the next couple of weeks (while listening to Bob Segar’s Hollywood Hills mind you).

Studio A

Studio A

Down to business…

…The first day at NRG studios was a sunny Monday morning and we had the pleasure to meet our comrades that we had been chatting with since the announcement of winning Ernie Ball & Uproars Battle of the Bands. Ernie Ball was there and blessed our arrival with brand new custom made guitars and tons of swag and gear. It was great to meet them and see the large arm of the music industry that was pulling strings for TROY behind the curtains. NRG Studios was an absolute spectacle as well. We got the deluxe grand tour from Jay Baumgardner and his staff. The place had a vibe and feel unlike any other music complex or studio I had ever been inside. With gold records and eastern culture décor, the place felt like a mix of Indiana Jones and Abbey Road.

We tracked in studio A the whole session, and it was great to feel the acoustics and reverberation of one of the best live rooms in the world. The drums sounded like a war zone, huge and thunderous with every crash and kick. We used a 59’ Ludwig kit that had huge toms and a 24” kick. In fact, we hardly used anything made after 1975 the entire time in the studio. We had our own “Back to the Future” approach by trying to make a more edgy, aggressively modern and rockin sound with the real deal vintage instruments and boutique artifacts that NRG had within their arsenal. You can see in some of the pictures below just a few of the goodies Jay & NRG put before us:

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The real duder…

…Jay was so receptive and a real duder to be around. He made us feel at home in the lounge and in the studio during our stay. Later on the first night, he chatted with us while we ate dinner and eventually we got out into the live room and started going through song Ideas.

We were really impressed by his willingness to listen and by the feedback that he continuously gave us. He attended each song as a performance and you could tell when he was vibing something or when he wasn’t. After the first night we were really close to narrowing down our songs. And by the end of the second day, after much rehearsal and preparation, we got into tracking some drums.

Sonic Haven…

…Many people don’t realize that NRG is a glorified Sonic Haven in the rock world because of their live rooms and ability to capture drums! We were really looking forward to this process because some of the biggest sounding kits in the world were tracked in the very room we were breathing in. We shared the breaths of Giants, and so did the drums 🙂

Erik's Drum Set-Up at NRG Studios with TROY

Erik’s Set-Up at NRG

Throughout the process we did enough guitars and bass to kill a mid-sized pack of wolves, and it all seemed sonically blistering enough to call TROY – We think you all are going to love these songs. Kyle crushed out his parts on a ‘76 Les Paul Gold top with the hottest pickups I have heard since that terrible MTV Playa show. Kane threw down on a Peavey P bass that was literally angry the whole time we were there. Every note sounded like a pissed off robotic Barry White synthesizer.

The 60’ Gibson J45 was a treat for me to play after having played on a 64’ Gibson J45 religiously that was inherited to me from my Grandmother. The neck played fantastic and it really had a nice, woody sound to it that translated well on one of the new hits, Wicked World.

My favorite guitar I got to touch or use in the studio was definitely their ‘86 Gibson Black Beauty Les Paul Custom. This guitar was butter. So stinkin’ smooth it felt like it was coated in black silk. But what was most special of all, were the hits this guitar had under it’s belt. Linkin Park, 3 days grace, Papa Roach, and Alien Ant Farm all used this guitar on some HUGE tracks. In fact, I had the same set up as Papa Roach’s Infest with the Black Beauty and a Marshall Jcm800. It was a thing of beauty and an honor to play on.

The trip to Cali to record was mostly a hypnotic blur for us. The guys and I spent over 14 days in the studio. Some days were longer than others but we had one thing on our minds and that was to write songs that we could feel satisfied with bringing home to our fans and to enjoy the beautiful sight that is NRG Recording Studios. We did get some relax time in though…

 

Beach Shot

…We hit Venice beach and Santa Monica Blvd a couple afternoons and caught some waves. I threw our beloved GoPro out into the ocean with the dolphins and will probably never hear the end of it from the guys but we sure did have a good time. Exploring the Sunset strip was surreal and we threw down some massive pizza & Calamari at the Rainbow on a wild search for Lemmy of Motorhead.

All in all…

…California was a learning experience for us. We came home with some valuable connections and friendships made. We heard some powerful feedback and gained bookuu advice from legends in the industry. It was an experience that we wouldn’t want to trade in for anything. Hopefully we left a good impression on the West coast, one we can come back to shortly.

The Recording Experience with Jay at NRG studios went well for us. But you know what the best part about this whole experience is??…It isn’t over yet… 🙂

In a few short weeks I have the pleasure of going back out to NRG in California to finish some vocals and tie up a few loose ends before preparing to get the songs in YOUR hands!!

As a Final Note and To Our Fans…

…Not a day goes by where I don’t thank all of you in my heart for voting and helping to make this possible as well as supporting us on the amazing journey that your love has provided. Keep helping to push us further, and keep being the best fans in the world!!

~Cord

Check out many more photos from our time at NRG here!

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-Ran into the Women of TROY after just landing in California-

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