NEW LAUNCH: Troy Cassar-Daley rocking the crowd at the CMC Willowbank festival last night.
NEW LAUNCH: Troy Cassar-Daley rocking the crowd at the CMC Willowbank festival last night. Kate Szerny

Troy Cassar-Daley backs CMC Rocks' future

CMC Rocks Queensland doubled as an album launch for Troy Cassar-Daley last night.

The 26-time Golden Guitar winner's ninth studio album Freedom Ride was released yesterday and festival-goers were the first in the country to hear Daley perform the new songs.

"This is on our doorstep," he told The QT.

"Our family farm is 30 minutes away and it's only 40 minutes from our place in town.

"Having this size festival in south-east Queensland, I think it's great.

"All power to the mayor of Ipswich and Queensland Tourism and all those people who chipped in to make sure it happened.

"I'd like them to think about making it a regular occurrence. We can grow this."

Freedom Ride is Daley's first album since he underwent throat surgery in the US a year and a half ago.

It features collaborations with Paul Kelly, Peter Denahy, Colin Buchanan and a duet with Jimmy Barnes.

Daley will also appear at CMC's Songwriters Show tomorrow.

"I'm looking forward to that," he said.

"You get to sit amongst a bunch of incredible songwriters who have quite a track record over in Nashville and just sing the songs you've written."

Today's festival bill includes Kacey Musgraves, Kristian Bush, Amber Lawrence and Chris Young. American duo Big & Rich will close the event tomorrow night.

An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend the festival over the weekend.


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