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Cassar-Daley in concert

Troy Cassar-Daley on the Rockhampton riverfront yesterday as he stops to say hello while touring the countryside to promote his upcoming new album.
Troy Cassar-Daley on the Rockhampton riverfront yesterday as he stops to say hello while touring the countryside to promote his upcoming new album. Nikita Watts

COUNTRY music star Troy Cassar-Daley will relive Maryborough memories with his old bandmates when he plays the city for the first time in four years this May.

In a visit to the city earlier this week to promote his album, the star reminisced on the two years he lived in Maryborough from 1992-93.

Cassar-Daley will perform at the Maryborough Sports Club on May 9, almost a decade after first playing the venue with the Blue Heeler Band.

"It's nice to come back," he said.

"I learned a lot about music while I was here."

Cassar-Daley chose his old haunt over bigger places such as the Brolga Theatre and Bundaberg venues for his tour because of the memories.

"I wanted something intimate, where I can see people's faces," he said.

"That's the sort of venue you can do it in."

As he admired the Maryborough Town Hall and his old apartment in Adelaide St on Thursday, Cassar-Daley reminisced about rehearsing his first album at the Criterion Hotel.

"I wrote my first record here," he said.

Cassar-Daley will go on tour in March to coincide with the release of his new album Home.

He spent three months recording the album in Nashville last year, including singles Home, The River Runs and Country Is.

He chose his favourite song Home, as the title track after the album had been recorded.

"It's a strong word at our house," he said.

The new album is slower than Cassar-Daley's usual style and focuses heavily on life with his family.

He said the flood-inspired track, The River Runs, had received a huge reaction from disaster-affected Queenslanders.

Cassar-Daley wrote the song after his Grafton farm was hit by the January 2011 floods.

"It was a real healing song for me," he said.

Regional crowds such as Maryborough loved the album's first single, Country Is, he said.

"I just like small towns," he said.

"I breathe these towns in."

Visit www.troycassardaley.com.au or phone the Maryborough Sports Club on 4123 1499 to buy tickets for the show.

Troy Cassar-Daley's album Home will be released on March 2.

Topics:  concert, maryborough, troy cassar-daley


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