AS Troy Cassar-Daley got out of the car at Rockhampton's Riverbank to stretch his legs yesterday he said: "How beautiful is this!"
The Australian country music legend stopped and admired our mighty Fitzroy River while visiting the city on a promotional tour, but hearing the gurgling sound as the water rushed past the Fitzroy River bridge brought back memories he'd tried to move on from.
Cassar-Daley's river-front Brisbane property, as well as his family and friends, were affected by the Brisbane floods early last year, and knowing that a lot of Rockhampton residents also suffered when the floods hit the city days before made his heart sink.
But with his positive nature - which he credits for his 20-year career Cassar-Daley went on to say he admired how communities like Rocky banded together to help one another, despite suffering tragedy themselves.
His fame meant little when he did all he could to help others, and over breakfast at Rockhampton's The Edge Restaurant, he spoke about how he had made life-long friends out of neighbours he previously hadn't had the chance to stop and speak to.
It was this that inspired his new album Home, to be released on March 2, which he said was his "therapeutic" way to recover from the big wet.
Cassar-Daley is a musician to admire; after only minutes in conversation, his bright personality and down to earth nature emanated.
And the fact that he was taking the time to travel through the heart of Queensland visiting regional towns, despite his new album not being released for a few weeks, and he was not touring the State until May, was impressive.
"We want people to know we have been to Rocky and we are here because we are coming back. We want to come here because we love these places," he said.
"Every town has been so beautiful."
Troy Cassar-Daley will perform an intimate gig at the Glenmore Tavern on May 10.
Tickets are available from the venue on 4928 0455.
Keep an eye out in BEAT, in Thursday's Bully for more stories on Cassar-Daley's visit to Rocky.