“I don’t ever remember feeling down or worried because there was always another gig around the corner somewhere that would help pay for my next musical adventure and more petrol!
“Music was my whole life. There were cars, girls, surfboards and mates in the mix – but nothing ever distracted me for very long away from music and I am glad it didn’t, or I probably wouldn’t have these songs to share now.”
The dream has echoed clear and unerringly throughout a formidable thirty years of music making.
As the new aptly titled track, ‘Wouldn’t Change a Thing’ plays on radio Troy Cassar Daley reveals the advice he’d give himself if time could be wound back.
“You don’t have to rush into stuff, just take your time.”
But the Bradman of country music has always been quick to score with 36 Golden Guitars, 4 ARIAs, 2 APRAs and 31 number one country chart singles to his name.
In 2017, Troy was celebrated as the 50th inductee into the prestigious Australasian Roll of Renown in Tamworth. The reference above to the boy from Bowral is fitting as ‘They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore’ looms large in the cut for this Greatest Hits album. If you still own a CD player you can listen to a mammoth 42 tracks on two discs. Otherwise, do the download thing for a swag of the best from Grafton’s favourite son. Two of the tracks are tailor made new for the occasion – ‘Shadows On The Hill,’ an eerie, earthy, blues song about the site of a dreadful massacre near Grafton. The song would be familiar to viewers of the recent ABC television series ‘Mystery Road.’
For any Aussie country fan, the lovingly curated playlist is a delight…and epic!
“I used to make mix tapes and I wanted this to be one of those. A road tape I’ve put together,” Troy laughs. “I’m proud of it and confident the songs mean something to a lot of people.” As the needle hits vinyl youthful tones can be heard on ‘Proud Young Man’ and spades of sentimental nostalgia are served up with ‘Bar Room Roses’ and ‘River Boy.’ The songs play out as a soundtrack to struggles and triumphs including the tribute to Brian Young ‘Chasin’ Rodeo’ and a track that helped cement Troy’s success and longevity ‘Born To Survive.’
Favourites with friends Slim, Kasey, Jimmy Barnes and Adam Harvey put the back catalogue to great use. In addition, a couple of collaborations with close friend Paul Kelly and you start to get the picture. Troy first met Paul in Weipa. “I was rehearsing on a veranda with the band and I heard this harmonica playing next door. It was Paul playing along in the same key. He poked his head around the corner and said’ G’day’. I’ve met these guys organically, it’s like a masterclass sitting down and writing with people like that.”
…read the rest in Issue 91.