Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

New Album a Novel Twist; Troy Recalls His Formative Years in Song and Stories

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

New Album a Novel Twist; Troy Recalls His Formative Years in Song and Stories

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Byline: Seanna Cronin APN Entertainment Editor

TROY Cassar-Daley doesn't do anything by halves.

The country music veteran decided he needed an album to complement his new book, and ended up producing an 18-track whopper.

His 10th solo studio album Things I Carry Around will be released on Friday, followed by his book of the same name hitting shelves on Tuesday.

"I didn't intend to have that much on there, to tell you the truth," Daley tells APN.

"What I really wanted to do was just make a record that was a really good accompaniment to the book so that if you get tired of reading for a bit you can listen to some of the stories.

"Being the never-ending musician of course I had to be some musical component. My wife (Laurel) says 'oh you couldn't just do a book; you had to do an album as well'. It's the best way I express myself I guess."

From fishing with his grandparents to playing guitar with his father and his first broken heart, Daley reflects on his formative years on the album.

"You owe it to yourself to make sure you tell your story the best way you can," he says.

"I just really loved the process for the whole thing. I'm excited like it was for my first record."

Daley collaborated with Paul Kelly on the song Brighter Day, a haunting ballad about his Uncle Hoppy, a man perennially down on his luck.

"Talking about my uncle and how he had such a tragic life can be confronting, but he's a big part of my family's story," he says.

"You can't sugar coat things and I don't think people want to see some shiny story about my rise to fame."

But Kelly had some wise words for Daley about taking on a project as large as an autobiography.

"Paul warned me: 'If you are going to write a book you probably won't write a song for two years afterwards'," he says.

"I wasn't too excited hearing that. …

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