Live’n’loud: Adam and Troy tour of coun­try classics ...........

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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

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