Troy makes flying visit to Rocky
WHEN Troy Cassar-Daley came up with the title for his new album, I Love This Place, he was thinking more about a state of mind than a place you might find on a map.
But as it turns out, he really does love Rockhampton.
The Australian country music star dropped into the city on Tuesday to promote his upcoming visit to the Rockhampton Leagues Club next month.
Troy's been a regular performer in Rockhampton for many years.
“I've been hanging out to get up here,” he said from the comfort of The Morning Bulletin office.
“We always have sell-out shows in Rockhampton.”
But his new show would be bigger and better.
“This is a show that I've taken a lot of time to produce,” Troy said.
“It's a visual feast - I've given it my best. A lot of energy has been put in and it's really paid off.”
Troy had two days off so he thought he would promote his tour in Rockhampton and Cairns - places he said would benefit the most.
But he'll return home today to spend the school holidays with his wife and children.
Despite being on the road a great deal of the time, Troy has never become tired of the excitement that comes with performing.
He did, however, admit to getting sick of living out of a suitcase and being away from his family.
After six studio albums, 14 Golden Guitars, three ARIAs, countless tours across our wide, brown land and two stints on the top-rating Channel 7 show It Takes Two, Troy has good reason to be content and wants to share that positivity. And he puts his success down to “having a story to tell”.
He said performers needed to give audiences something that made them part of the show.
And that's exactly what he's doing with his I Love This Place tour and album.
He has further established himself as a consummate storyteller and one of this country's finest and most evocative singer-songwriters.
“People like it if you have a story to tell,” he said.
“Fans have continued to come to my shows for many years.
“If you're starting out in country you really have to scratch back the layers of paint. Don't just do the whole boy-meets-girl story. Get back to the wood.”
Troy said he was also lucky that, unlike pop music, country music didn't have a use-by date.
Even though it's been tough coming up with new material all these years, he's managed to lure a very broad fan base from kids right through to classic fans.
“I have kids coming up to me now and saying, 'That's the guy who sings with the Wiggles' and I then have the people who have been fans for years,” he said.
Like any struggling muso, Troy started out singing cover songs to make a living.
But sooner or later country music would steal his heart. And he had to follow his heart.
Troy and his band will perform at the Rockhampton Leagues Club on October 8. Phone 4999 2600 to book.
For tour dates, visit www.troycassardaley.com.au