Troy Cassar-Daly: on the tune

Ben Cameron | Bendigo Weekly | 15-May-2012 1.20pm

Cassar-Daley has some tips for the lonely hearts.

Keith Urban has been a mate of Troy Cassar-Daley’s for two decades; a friendship which came in handy when the latter flew to Nashville to record his latest album, Home.

Hitting the studio in the fast paced Nashville, Cassar-Daley felt like he’d bitten off more than he could chew.

“I felt a bit under-gunned, going there and producing it myself,” he says.

“But Keith Urban was a huge help, he put me onto one particular bloke who pulled it together for me, which was a big saving grace.”

Urban and Cassar-Daley go a long way back.

“I’ve known Keith for twenty years,” he says.

“I’ve got some funny photos of us busking outside a music store in Tamworth.

“People are just getting to know Keith properly through The Voice. He's always been that bloke."

Urban’s wild days of booze and drugs have been well documented but Cassar-Daley’s not about to go into specifics.

“That’s the time you’re allowed to play up, when you’re not married,” he laughs.

Now very much a happily married family man, Cassar-Daley’s Home contains one song in particular, Play, which he hopes will inspire more people to pick up a guitar.

“It’s become a bit of my passion too, to encourage people, no matter what age,” he says. 

“They all think ‘I’m too old, I should have started when I was ten’.

“But the reality is, when you’re ten, the last thing you want to do is dedicate yourself to an instrument, you’ve got so much going on in your life.

“You’re so confused about what you want to do, and where you want to end up, it’s the last thing on your mind.

“Even for people at retirement age, they think their fingers are not dexterous enough to pick up chords, but they’re wrong.”

And if you’re a single bloke, a fire side guitar solo is always hard to beat.

“Let me tell you, it’s a lot more exciting than listening to the fire crackling I can tell you,” Cassar-Daley laughs.

“So you should be looking at that (picking up), as wholly and solely as your reason to learn.”

Troy Cassar-Daley plays The Capital on Sunday, May 27.


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