We talked briefly to him in the last issue of Deadly Vibe. But this man, winner of three Golden Guitars deserves our constant attention. And this month Deadly Sounds’ long time hostess with the mostess, the very beautiful Rhoda Roberts corners Troy Cassar Daley for a few minutes of his time to find out … HOW DOES IT FEEL?
Rhoda: Tamworth! How does it feel?
Troy: It’s fantastic! I mean I’ve been going there a long, long time.
‘Thank you,’ it has been about eighteen years and now I’ve finally got some bits and pieces of things happening everywhere. And three gold guitars, what a bonus!
Rhoda: Well congratulations! I noticed Jimmy Little was up there in Tamworth as well.
Troy: He sure was! I caught up with Uncle Jimmy a couple of times and his enthusiasm hasn’t slowed down at all. He’s still so enthusiastic and keen to know what everybody is doing. If I could be doing that at his age I’d be really happy too.
Rhoda: Well Tamworth has certainly changed over the years. Going from country music to something a little bit broader, I would say! How do you feel about the whole genre of country music, is it expanding?
Troy: It’s expanding. It’s the sort of music that’s particularly (you know it’s more) heart felt. We try and make sure the lyrics have a story and that’s the sort of thing we are all setting out to hopefully hold on to and give to the next generation.
Rhoda: But there are those clichés with country you know “Rosy left me, I’ll be back on my horse!”
Troy: Oh the clichés are still there. I don’t mind them. I even write a few in my own songs. But they’re going to be around forever because they tell you a story. I think that is an important part of country music. If we can keep the story telling alive I think it will go okay.
Rhoda: Well just about everyone around Australia knows you now. How’s the international market going?
Troy: Well the international market is something that we’re pursuing every now and then. I don’t put too much emphasis on it because you know ‘home is where the heart is. ‘But we are going to try our luck every now and then. You make good headway when you get over there and stay for a while so that just means spending a bit of extra time. When I finish big tours here people get sick of the look of you. So then I shoot through and take a break overseas.
Rhoda: 1998! What does it hold for Troy Cassar Daley?
Troy: Well, I think it’s going to hold a lot more miles, a lot more touring. I want to go out back a lot more this year because I’ve got so many friends in Alice, Darwin that I never see anymore. So I need to get back over there and do some shows. Half way through the year I’m going to be recording an album and I’ll record that probably here in Sydney. It’s going to be fantastic, I’m going to use my road band, half the fellas that were on stage with me today at Survival are going to be on the album for me and I just want to let people know that they’re good players and do the best Australian album that I can.
Rhoda: This man is just doing about a hundred interviews; he’s got to get on a plane soon he’s all so busy. But we congratulate you.