In the di­rec­tion of Home

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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.

Troy Cas­sarDa­ley.

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