Ash Grunwald.
Ash Grunwald. Contributed Polly Armstrong

Ash at home on Northern Rivers

ASH Grunwald calls the Northern Rivers home, saying he has found his own piece of paradise.

“I absolutely love it. I'm at Ocean Shores right near the river and beach and I can't imagine ever moving away,” he said.

“I guess that almost makes me a local to Tweed, almost.”

Grunwald has just released his fifth studio album Hot Mama Vibes, which is described as being neck-deep in the technological swamp of the 21st Century.

It's also the most primal concoction of elemental junkyard soul to stomp that will come through your speakers this year.

“Mixing electronica with the blues was always a dream of mine,” says Grunwald, now a 10-year veteran of live stages from Byron Bay Bluesfest to the Montreux Jazz Festival.

“On the first album I was really trying to strip it back to raw elements, just be as soulful as possible. I guess every album since then has been a gradual move towards this point.

“I have really gone in a modern direction.”

Grunwald started playing guitar at the age of 10 and used to record bass for his grandfather.

“My grandfather really did influence my music.

“And because he was a songwriter I was encouraged to write songs pretty early,” he said.

You can catch Ash Grunwald and band this Sunday at Currumbin RSL Sound Lounge. Bookings to www.thesoundlounge.com.au.

He will also be performing at Cabarita's That Festival on November 20. Tickets available at www.thatfest.com.


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