Live’n’loud: Adam and Troy tour of country classics ...........
HE swept the board at the Golden Guitar Awards with his contemporary classic Home, and now country star Troy Cassar-Daley is paying homage to the greats of yesteryear.
The Grafton singersongwriter has teamed up with his long-time touring buddy Adam Harvey for a retrospective album, The Great Country Songbook, featuring covers of their favourite songs.
Cassar-Daley says the time was right to glance over the history of country music with one of his closest friends.
‘‘There’s this love of traditional country music that gets a little lost in translation these days and it’s so nice to have someone like-minded to share this kind of project,’’ Cassar-Daley says.
‘‘We wanted to put our stamp on these songs and show officially how much we love country music.’’
The pair faced a huge task in selecting the soundtrack to their music upbringings, culling 180-plus songs to 20.
Left with timeless classics such as the Joy McKean-penned Slim Dusty hit Light on the Hill, the Johnny Cash song I Walk the Line and Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy, they also made space for their all-time heroes.
Cassar-Daley nominated Merle Haggard as his favourite artist while Harvey chose George Jones, covering the American’s melancholy lament He Stopped Loving Her Today.
Ultimately though, song choices were driven by what fans would want to hear.
‘‘Our criteria for picking songs was they had to be songs everyone knows. It’s been great to get 20 songs on one record knowing there’s not one (that) people won’t recognise,’’ Harvey says.
‘‘It was lots of fun putting it together because we knew it was going to be as enjoyable for us to play as for people to listen to.’’
That theory will be put to the test when Cassar-Daley and Harvey take The Great Country Songbook on tour from August 1. The pair admit they will never better the much-loved originals, but hope fans will revel in the nostalgia.
‘‘Everyone knows every word to every song so it’s great to play them and see everyone singing along,’’ Harvey says.
‘‘It takes me back to when I learned those songs, sitting by Dad’s stereo and strumming along to his records. Those old tunes take everyone back down their own memory lane.’’
– ROSS PURDIE
The Great Country Songbook is released on June 14. Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Gina Jeffreys and Sara Storer play Country On The Coast, at Jupiters Theatre on June 22 as part of the Broadbeach Country Music Festival, from June 21-23. Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey play the Gympie Muster on August 23 and Twin Towns on November 9.
Adam Harvey and Troy Cassar-Daley