In the direction of Home
TROY Cassar-daley has earned his reputation as a respected singersongwriter in the country music scene.
His resume includes eight albums released over 16 years and numerous accolades – four ARIAS, 21 Golden Guitars, two APRA Country Song of the Year awards, seven Deadly Awards and four CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards.
For his most recent studio album Home, Cassar-daley’s songwriting takes a new direction.
‘‘Right from the initial planning stages, I wanted this album to be done completely differently to anything I had recorded before,’’ he says.
‘‘I knew that I was going to be working with the best musicians in Nashville. With this in mind it really inspired me to write songs and cowrite songs that I’d be proud to record for my album.
‘‘Not only that, I wanted the guys I was recording the album with to really enjoy playing on the songs and deliver the goods musically.’’
Cassar-daley enjoyed producing the album himself.
‘‘I might be punching above my weight. However, it’s great to challenge yourself and with these players you deliver them the song demo and the chart and they add the magic,’’ he says.
A great storyteller, Cassar-daley’s lyrics make reference to the cycle of life, the passing of time, generations and the pleasure and heartbreak one endures throughout a lifetime.
‘‘Sometimes we have to look within our own families and live to see the beauty we have around us,’’ he says.
Cassar-daley says his southeast Queensland farm has always been a huge part of his writing.
‘‘After the floods went through in January 2011 we thought it would never be the same but we were wrong,’’ he says. ‘‘Even with a bad flushing dunny, no carpet and mudstains still on the kitchen floor, Col Buchanan and I wrote some tunes we are really proud of.’’
Cassar-daley celebrates the release of Home by hitting the road play live with his band. The setlist showcases old favourites and new tracks.
– ROSE SADLEIR
Troy Cassar-daley plays Twin Towns with Harmony James on Saturday. Show at 8.30pm. Tickets $32.