'It's hard to write good country songs when you are cheery and everything's going great.' Troy Cassar Daley.
'It's hard to write good country songs when you are cheery and everything's going great.' Troy Cassar Daley. Contributed

PODCAST: Show must go on after tough year for country star

WHEN his father died earlier this year, no one would've faulted country music star, Troy Cassar-Daley for cancelling his shows.

But Troy's dad wasn't one for letting people down. He persevered and we are glad he did. Currently embarking on a national tour, Troy also found time to pen a hit song for his good mate, Jimmy Barnes.

Troy shares with Matt why he thinks you have to be at least a little depressed to write a good country song and he recalls his favourite moments with the late, great Slim Dusty.

LISTEN: Get the full interview with Troy Cassar-Daley here:

Matt Collins:

Is Troy Cassar-Daley a coffee man?

 

Troy Cassar-Daley:

Yes, I am a mad coffee man. I even go to the trouble when I am out on the road to take my own plunger. Life is too short for instant coffee.

 

MC:

Big milestone for you this week, and I hope it is not a sensitive issue when I say happy birthday on the big 5-0.

 

TCD:

A lot of people really struggle with 50, I actually woke up at my mum's place. My whole intent was to wake up back in Grafton with my family around me, which is exactly what happened. I had my two kids, my wife and my mum with me. I've never been afraid of getting old.

 

MC:

For all the things that you have achieved, do you look back on your 50 years and think, 'I wished I had done this, this or this?'

 

TCD:

Well, no I don't have any regrets. One of the songs I put on this Greatest Hits collection was, I wouldn't change a thing. I went back through my songs and thought about those times in my life. It is tempting to go out and buy a flashier car or something like that to make you feel like you are in your youth again but I avoided all that. I think I looked at what my wife and my kids gave me at that age and I felt really comfortable.

 

MC:

Tell me about writing country songs. Do you have to be somewhat depressed and down in the dumps to write a good country song?

 

TCD:

Well, it helps. It's hard to write songs when you are cheery and happy and everything is going great.

 

MC:

But that sounds like you Troy, you seem like a very optimistic person.

 

TCD:

Oh, look I am and I've got a lot of songs that are optimistic. But I found it a much easier thing to write a sad song than I do to write a happy, uplifting one to tell you the truth Matt. In this day and age, when people are getting depression at a rapid rate of knots it worries me a bit. I always make sure that when I do put pen to paper there are songs on my records that are a light at the end of tunnel. I think people need that in their lives.

 

MC:

Speaking of going through tough times, you certainly have had some of those in the past 12 months. Your dad past away earlier this year. Was it tough to stay focused on your music after such a loss?

 

TCD:

Matt, I've got to tell you, losing my dad completely blind-sided me. My manager said we should cancel some shows, but my dad would never have condoned quitting stuff or letting people down. That is the one thing I had in mind.

 

MC:

You've worked with some of the best, including Slim Dusty. What is your best Slim Dusty story?

 

TCD:

We did a show together in the Kimberley. It was the first time I have sat down and had a beer, and then many beers with Slim. Things got a little sideways at the camp fire. The good thing was it was just lovely to hear him talk openly about his life and where he came from.

 

MC:

You wrote a great song on Jimmy Barnes' latest album, how did that come about?

 

TCD:

I got a phone call out of the blue from Jimmy. I had just finished his first book, Working Class Boy and I was very moved as to how Jimmy got through that childhood in one piece. So after I finished that book I had a big old ball, because I was upset for Jimmy really. So I sat down and wrote him a poem and then he rang asking if I could write him a song for his new album.

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