Ash Grunwald brings blues to Airlie Beach
MULTI-AWARD winning performer Ash Grunwald is returning to Airlie's Magnums Hotel tomorrow night, Thursday, March 27.
Deservedly credited with bringing blues and roots to a new generation, Grunwald is now considered a veteran of some of the world's best stages, from Australia's famed Byron Bay Bluesfest to the Montreux Jazz Festival.
The Ash Grunwald story began with his first album 'Introducing', which leant heavily on traditional blues. As he started taking his shows further out from his hometown of Melbourne, his fan base expanded and the music became progressively more up-tempo.
Grunwald's second album 'I Don't Believe' was his first to feature sampling and live looping. It was also from this point on that he began to embrace the nomadic touring lifestyle. Surfing became a passion, and music offered the opportunity to tour all of Australia's major coastal areas.
On the back of his explosive shows, Grunwald released a searing live album 'Live At The Corner'. His next studio album in 2007, 'Give Signs', was even more adventurous.
After this he took his energetic live show to venues such as London's renowned The Borderline and Shepherds Bush Empire and opened for acts as diverse as James Brown, Bo Diddley, Keith Urban, Jack Johnson, Missy Higgins and Pete Murray.
In 2008, Grunwald teamed up with producer Countbounce (Urthboy, TZU), to deliver an album of thumping beats and grooves mixed in with blues jams.
The result, 'Fish Out Of Water', was a genre-defying record.
His fifth studio album 'Hot Mama Vibes' was nominated for best blues and roots album by both the Australian Record Industry Association and Australian Independent Record Label Association.
Blistering live sets on the festival circuit throughout Australia, Japan, Canada, America, Europe and the UK, have had critics and fans raving about Grunwald's unique blend of roots, blues, beats and 'whole lotta groove'.
Speaking about his now legendary style, Grunwald said he was never into "bluesy music" because of its antique value or because he liked to drive old cars.
"It's just the soulfulness of it," he said.
"[And] when I play live, it has that four-on-the-floor, modern pulse that we get from electronic dance music."
Tickets to Grunwald's Magnums show will be available on the door for $20 or via the venue and wwwticketmaster.com.au for $15 in advance.
What: Ash Grunwald
Where: Magnums Hotel
When: Tomorrow (Thursday, March 27)
Cost: $15 advance, $20 on the door
To book: www.ticketmaster.com.au