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    2018 - 07.03

    IN the digital age, Troy Cassar-Daley concedes he’s still “a bit of an analog guy”.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Country music legend Troy Cassar-Daly was in Warrnambool yesterday to promote his gig at the Lighthouse Theatre in May.

    While he occasionally records a song idea on his phone and keeps in touch with his fans via the internet, the Australian country music legend is one of the few artists who makes a serious effort to conduct his promotional duties face-to-face.

    “I write songs on notepads, not laptops, I like to ring people instead of email them and I like to talk to people face-to-face,” Cassar-Daley said.

    The singer-songwriter visited the south-west yesterday to live up to that ethos, stopping in at media outlets to have a chat ahead of his concert at Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre on May 8.

    “I like the personal touch,” he said.

    “With promo you can spend the whole day on the lounge or at your desk doing phone calls and to me that’s pretty boring.”

    Cassar-Daley said he’d much prefer to spend a few days on the road visiting places like Albury-Wodonga and Warrnambool.

    “The last day off I had here in Warrnambool was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve had on tour,” he recalled.

    “We went to a fishing tackle shop, went to the breakwater and spent the day catching and releasing about 50,000 little bream and had a ball.

    “Then we got some pizzas from Bojangles and had a few beers. What a day!”

    But his visits to Warrnambool are not all beer and skittles (or beer and pizza) — there’s the serious business of promoting his new album Freedom Ride, which he will be touring on and off until November.

    Freedom Ride has more in common with his 2011 album Home than his recent covers collaboration with Adam Harvey.

    Freedom Ride and Home were both recorded in Nashville with the same group of players, although Cassar-Daley says Freedom Ride has a tougher sound.

    But the big noticeable difference will be some of the Australian music royalty that joined the 26-time Golden Guitar winner in the studio.

    Jimmy Barnes adds his distinctive voice to the tale of FIFO workers Two Weeks On, Two Weeks Off. The other big name on the record is Paul Kelly, who co-wrote two tracks and guests on one.

    “Paul says I’m the pregnant mother with the songs and he’s just the midwife that helps deliver them, but I think of it more like DIY where I get a bit carried away and it never finishes up the way I hope and Paul’s the qualified tradesman that comes in and fixes my mess,” Cassar-Daley joked about their songwriting partnership.

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