Coun­try mu­sic star Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley launches his Great­est Hits CD with a show at Twin Towns next week so get along and hear some clas­sics

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SEANNA CRONIN

Gold Coast coun­try mu­sic lovers will be the first in the coun­try to hear Troy CassarDaley’s great­est hits, both old and new, live.

The coun­try mu­sic le­gend re­leases his Great­est Hits al­bum next Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, and he’s launch­ing the dou­ble CD with a show at Twin Towns that night.

“I’ve dragged some re­ally old things out; things I haven’t played for 15 years,” he says.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to pay­ing some of th­ese old songs.

“The lux­ury with a great­est hits record is I’ve got a whole year of tour­ing com­ing up.”

The dou­ble record fea­tures 42 of his much-loved tracks, along with a new sin­gle, from a ca­reer span­ning more than 30 years.

In those three decades of mak­ing mu­sic, Troy has been awarded count­less ac­co­lades in­clud­ing four ARIAs, 36 Golden Guitars, two APRA Coun­try Song of the Year awards, nine Deadlys (Aus­tralian indige­nous artist awards), four CMAA En­ter­tainer of the Year awards, plus two Na­tional Indige­nous Mu­sic Awards.

With mul­ti­ple gold and plat­inum sales awards, Troy has also earned 31 No. 1 coun­try chart hit sin­gles – all of which are col­lected on this new Great­est Hits along­side time­less al­bum cuts and two new songs: Wouldn’t Change a Thing and Shad­ows on the Hill.

“I’m re­ally proud of Wouldn’t Change a Thing be­cause I wanted to write some­thing re­flec­tive about my life and oth­ers around,” he says. “Look­ing back over this col­lec­tion of songs across my whole ca­reer, I can re­flect on the great times such as cel­e­brat­ing my first Golden Gui­tar or ARIA Award, and in con­trast the pe­ri­ods where I have doubted my­self and my mu­sic, felt alone.

“But at the end of the day, I say to my­self ‘I wouldn’t change a thing’.”

Cas­sar-Da­ley plans to take his 17-year-old daugh­ter Jem on the road with him next year on his wider Great­est Hits tour. It’s an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for the proud dad.

“She plays pi­ano and sings. She’s got a gap year com­ing up so I thought what bet­ter way to see the coun­try­side. For­get Europe, why don’t you see our coun­try first? She’ll get to see the au­di­ences I get to play to ev­ery year. That’s some­thing you can’t learn at univer­sity,” he says.

“I never thought I’d say I’ll be do­ing that with my daugh­ter. I love the stuff Slim Dusty did with his daugh­ter. It al­ways in­spired me when they got to do fam­ily stuff to­gether.

“They were the epit­ome of a mu­si­cal fam­ily. To do a bit of that with my daugh­ter ex­cites me a lot.”

Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley plays Twin Towns on Oc­to­ber 19. Tick­ets are $39, visit twin­ or call 5536 2277. Troy CassarDaley’s Great­est Hits will be avail­able from Oc­to­ber 19 through Blood­lines

Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley has been awarded count­less ac­co­lades through­out his ca­reer.

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