A born storyteller, Troy Cassar-Daley has at last turned his talent to sharing his own inspiring life.
For the first time, Troy talks about his early life - how his parent's divorce changed things for him, about missing his Dad and growing up in Grafton surrounded by the warmth and love of his mother, Irene, his Nan and Pop and his extended Indigenous family.
A larrikin at heart, Troy includes all the highs and lows on his path to stardom: the thrill of performing on stage at the Tamworth Music Festival with Jimmy Little when he was just 15; the excitement of heading off on tour with Brian Young and then discovering just how lonely life on the road could be; his first record deal; playing with the greats - Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Slim Dusty; his first album Beyond the Dancing, which blended his indigenous heritage with his rural background; meeting the woman who would steal his heart; recording in Nashville; and, finally, releasing True Believer, the album that really launched his career.
The multiple Golden Guitar, APRA, ARIA and Deadlys winner also lets us in on some of the life lessons he learned the hard way, lessons that kept this prodigiously talented Aussie on the straight and narrow (most of the time). Things I Carry Around , is the warm, genuine, and inspiring story of a young indigenous Australian who had a dream and turned that dream into reality.
About the Author
Singer-songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley's career has spanned nine albums over a twenty-six year career. During this time he has been awarded numerous accolades including four ARIAs, thirty two Golden Guitars, two APRA Country Song of the Year awards, nine Deadlys, four CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards and the 2008 Country Music Association of America Country Music Global Artist Award. Troy Cassar-Daley is married to radio presenter and TV host, Laurel Edwards and they have two children, Clay, 18, and Jem, 15. This is his first book.
Co-author Tom Gilling is a respected journalist and acclaimed novelist whose books include The Sooterkin, a NEW YORK TIMES Notable Book, Dreamland and Seven Mile Beach.
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Loved all the history about Tamworth and country music artists known by Troy. Enjoyed reading about his family and his life growing up
This was an interesting easy to read autobiography. I can picture Troy as a ringer in the Top End. I just wish I had read this before Working Class Boy so I could give it 4 stars.
a real and honest account of the "story behind the glory" of this genuine and charismatic Australian country music icon. It is a heart warming read that spreads itself from at times being sad and insightful around the struggles of his family life growing up, to being a very funny and colorful account of his time touring and on the road throughout the width and depth of outback Australia.
This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. Growing up in Grafton as Trot did I could relate to what he was saying and the places. I also know of the local family and that made it even more interesting. He is a real inspiration to all and I congratulate him on a well written book. Well done.
Australia's most consistently excellent country artist. - THE AUSTRALIANTroy's a true gentleman, warm and genuine, always a pleasure to be around. He sings straight from his heart and straight from the heart of his country. - Paul Kelly
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th August 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1