Singing on the road to home
WHEN it comes to home, we can sometimes take it for granted.
Even country musician Troy Cassar-Daley admits he has been guilty of it, from time to time.
And it was his take on what home meant to him that made him decide to write an album based on the feelings of having a home.
Cassar-Daley's latest album Home will be released today in stores and online, through Liberation Music.
"We all have our own take on home.
"To me it was something that I wanted to express because I think I started taking it for granted a little bit.
"You can let things slide for a while and you are walking through the door and you dump the guitar down, then you cuddle your kids and then your wife and it becomes groundhog day sometimes.
Home is Cassar-Daley's eighth studio album.
He recorded it in Nashville and for the first time took on the role as album producer.
Troy fulfilled one of his lifelong aspirations, when he hired his dream team of Nashville musicians to record with him.
Those remarkable players included: Biff Watson - MD, acoustic guitar and mandolin; Brent Mason - electric guitar; Eddie Bayers - drums; Michael Rhodes - bass; Steve Nathan - keys; Bryan Sutton - banjo and acoustic guitar; Stuart Duncan - fiddle; Paul Franklin - steel guitar; and John Wesley Ryles - background vocals.
Ed Seay was the engineer on Home.
Together with Troy, they have made a superb album that country music fans everywhere will thoroughly enjoy.
"I am very proud of this album and hope that Australian country music fans enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed writing, recording and producing it.
"Can't wait to get out on the road to play and let you hear the new songs live on the Home tour."
Live and Learn is the second single to be lifted from Troy Cassar-Daley's Home album and is the song inspired by the love of his life, his wife and mother of his two children, Laurel.
"When I first met my wife, a great journey began between two hearts.
"Right up to this day, I still come undone at the sight of her and we still live and learn together."
Cassar-Daley said during the 2011 floods in Queensland, he grew closer to his wife and grew to appreciate the importance of home more.
"Some people were affected worse then us and I appreciate that. My heart was bleeding for some of the people in our area who got flooded.
"But it made me realise how important it was to have strength in a marriage and the respect of your kids.
"And I don't think much else matters, to tell you the truth.
"The priority is that (our) home should be right up there for all of us Australians."
Growing up in Grafton in northern NSW, Cassar-Daley did it tough with his mum Irene, after his parents separated when he was a kid.
Yet he writes and sings more poignantly about family than most in the business.
Cassar-Daley has been playing music since he started entertaining at the dinner table with sets on a ukulele, before having his own hand-me-down guitar at age nine.
His method of songwriting also took a new direction (for Home).
He stopped touring for a year prior to recording and in between his children's school drop-offs in the city, he fished for bass in the waters near his family farm.
And while cleaning up the property after one of the worst natural disasters in Queensland's history, he composed.
"A lot of the songs have a meaning and are written from the perspective through my eyes.
"But when you hear The Rivers Run, you know we have all lived close to rivers and when they do what they are going to do, you have to stand back and let it happen.
"Having that feeling of not having control over something is something we all face at some stage in our lives; whether it is a river or someone walking out your door.
"There are just some things you just can't stop.
"And I felt vulnerable on a few of these tunes.
"And to get Laurel to sing on that tune, that is my favourite at the moment, but I love them all."
Cassar-Daley will perform at the Northern Beaches Bowls Club on May 11.
And when it came to his tour, he said people could expect songs from his past and songs off Home.
"They expect things from your past and that goes without saying.
"I haven't been back for two years and I want people to come back (knowing) they are going to hear songs like I wish I was a Train, or Dream Out Loud, or songs they will enjoy.
"Then there is this new element of six or seven tunes from Home that I have to incorporate and picking those is hard. "It is great to have some exciting new stuff to play," he said.
Cassar-Daley said if there was one thing he needed on an 18 month tour of Australia, it was coffee.
"Good coffee, get out of here. I don't drink instant coffee anymore, you can print that," he joked.
"I am getting too old to have bad coffee."