Walk­ing down mem­ory lane

Join coun­try mu­sic star through Great­est Hits jour­ney

Tweed Daily News - - PULSE - Bob An­thony

WHEN it comes to his Great­est Hits al­bum, Troy Cas­sar-da­ley has his wife Lau­rel to thank.

One of Aus­tralia’s best­loved coun­try artists has re­leased a dou­ble CD set con­tain­ing 42 tracks – in­clud­ing two new songs – on what he de­scribes as “a mu­si­cal jour­ney down mem­ory lane”.

Cas­sar-da­ley freely gives credit for the idea to Lau­rel, who sug­gested it over a glass of wine.

“When you hit 50, there are cer­tain things that start to come into play in your life and nos­tal­gia is one of them and when we came to talk­ing about mu­sic, Lau­rel sug­gested putting a col­lec­tion to­gether,” he said.

“Look­ing at the songs, it wasn’t an easy task be­cause aside from the hits, and I didn’t re­alise I had 31 of them, there are songs which had to be in­cluded be­cause they are key songs peo­ple want to hear when you do the shows.”

And that’s what fans of Cas­sar-da­ley will be treated to when he per­forms at Twin Towns on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

He said the show would be a water­mark gig, with him per­form­ing on his own, acous­ti­cally.

“This is the type of show I have al­ways wanted to do, play­ing the songs the way I first heard them in the stu­dio – just me and a gui­tar,” he said.

“In many ways, it’s what I do at home, just walk­ing around play­ing songs with the gui­tar, an­noy­ing the fam­ily – just at Twin Towns, I won’t be fol­low­ing you to the bath­room.

“Be­ing alone on stage, it will al­low peo­ple to fully ap­pre­ci­ate the lyrics and the melodies.

“It does put a bit of pres­sure on me, there’s nowhere to hide when you are up there on your own.”

How­ever, Cas­sar-da­ley is blessed with one of the best voices in Aus­tralian mu­sic, so an acous­tic show is the most ap­pro­pri­ate way of ap­pre­ci­at­ing it.

The star is hop­ing the Twin Towns per­for­mance will set a bench­mark for shows he in­tends to do next year.

Per­haps the hard­est thing, when it comes to de­liv­er­ing a great­est hits pack­age, is de­cid­ing what to in­clude.

For­tu­nately for Cas­sar-da­ley, his la­bel was sup­port­ive of the dou­ble CD pack­age to ac­com­mo­date all the songs. It will also be com­ing out in a lim­it­e­drelease vinyl ver­sion.

“I am re­ally pleased to have this col­lec­tion of songs out on vinyl, it takes me back to my young days when I first heard mu­sic on record and some­how some­thing’s earthy about the pop and crackle you get with a vinyl record which mod­ern artists are ac­tu­ally try­ing to em­u­late,” he said.

“The col­lec­tion we have

put to­gether is a mu­si­cal mix which was in­spired by tapes I used to make when head­ing off on a long road trip. There’s a range of songs, hits, new ma­te­rial and crowd favourites.”

Troy will be sup­ported by ris­ing star Fanny Lums­den, the 2017 Golden Gui­tar New Tal­ent of the Year win­ner.

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COUN­TRY BOY: Troy Cas­sar-da­ley will play a spe­cial show at Twin Towns next Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19 pro­mot­ing his dou­ble-length Great­est Hits al­bum.

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