Troy's night of triumph
TROY Cassar-Daley enjoyed a night he will never forget when he scooped six Golden Guitars at the Australian Country Music Awards at Tamworth on Saturday night.
Grafton’s king of country music dominated the 38th awards night, winning all but one of the categories for which he was nominated.
It was the climax of an extraordinary Tamworth festival for Clarence Valley musicians.
One of Cassar-Daley’s awards on Saturday was for his collaboration with another local act, The McClymonts, and their success came a week after Luke Austen won the prestigious Star Maker contest.
Tamworth may be the home of Australian country music but during the 2010 festival, Grafton was the epicentre of musical excellence.
As well as winning Vocal Collaboration of the Year with The McClymonts for the song Aint Gonna Change for You, Cassar-Daley won Golden Guitars for:
APRA Song of the Year – Big Big Love;
Single of the Year – Big Big Love;
Heritage Song of the Year – Chasin’ Rodeo;
Male Artist of the Year, and;
Album of the Year – I Love This Place.
He now has a career total of 20 Golden Guitars.
Yesterday, Cassar-Daley was still trying to come to terms with his golden night.
“To win six out of seven awards is a real thrill,” he said.
“I’d been hoping to maybe win one or two so it was an amazing night. I have to say that as the night went on I started to feel a bit uncomfortable about what was happening.
“After winning about three I was thinking ‘that’s enough for me, it’ll be good if a few other people can win’, but they kept rolling out for me.
“When we were recording I Love This Place we thought we were making a special record but to have the judges agree is very exciting.”
Inspired by his wife and children, I Love This Place drew praise almost from the moment it was released last April and has seen Cassar-Daley win the Q Music Song of the Year for Big Big Love and the ARIA award for Country Album of the Year.
Working with The McClymonts was the idea of Cassar-Daley’s wife Laurel Edwards who he said told him: “You’re always the first to claim them because they’re from your home town so why don’t you do something with them.”
As a result, they all spent what Samantha McClymont yesterday referred to as an ‘afternoon of songwriting’ at Cassar-Daley’s Brisbane home.
“It wasn’t until months later that Troy called us and said he loved one of the songs we had written together (Ain’t Gonna Change For You) and that he wanted to put it on his new album and he was keen for us to sing it with him,” Samantha said. “It seems we jumped on the Cassar-Daley bandwagon at just the right time and it was really nice to walk away the award.”
Cassar-Daley couldn’t have been happier with the collaboration, too.
“They are the funniest three girls you can have in one room,” he said. “It was really enjoyable.”