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| 16 March 2018 | Reply

By Shane Pinnegar

After a massive six months which saw Aussie blues n’ roots favourite Ash Grunwald play the Australian Open, tour Spain, support Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes and play the Blues At Bridgetown 25th anniversary, he is back with a stomping new blues single in You Ain’t My Problem Any More and a run of seven WA dates in nine days.

Friday, March 16, Ravenswood Hotel*
Saturday-Sunday, March 17, Nukara Music Festival (3pm)
Sunday, March 18, Port Beach Garden Bar*
Thursday, March 22, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River*
Friday, March 23, Denmark Civic Centre
Saturday, March 24, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury*
Sunday, March 25, Indi Bar, Scarborough

*With special guest Michael Triscari

You’ve had a full-on six months – financial concerns aside, do you enjoy keeping busy and pushing yourself?

“I do enjoy being busy,” Grunwald confirms. “I guess it’s hard to disassociate yourself from those financial concerns that you mention… my aim has always been to do a lot of gigs, and when you’re getting good gigs and when the money is flowing in and all that, it’s great.

“So in that sense I love being busy, but you know, I’ve been doing this for a long time, so sometimes I wouldn’t mind just chilling out and surfing and slowly demoing away playing music. If I had all the money in the world I would still be playing music anyway. I do enjoy pushing myself – especially artistically – it’s very easy to just chill out and get lazy and all that.”


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Did playing with Scott & Andy for the Gargantua album give you more of a taste for working with a full band?

“Yeah, working with Scotty and Andy showed me a lot of what’s good about playing in that rock band setup with that real push. The real push of a good rock band is something quite amazing and can work really well with bluesy kind of stuff.”

Do you prefer to play solo rather than have to tone down what you’re doing so another band member can have their moment in the spotlight?

“The solo versus band thing is a funny one… sometimes playing solo can actually, ironically, captivate people more, because you really bring them into your space. When you’re playing everything onstage you can really draw them in better – I don’t know why that is, but the band sound can be bigger and exciting in a different kind of way. They’re just different things, but I’m enjoying working on my playing when I’m in a band situation, so I can do some good solos in the traditional sense. Whereas when I was playing solo it was all about being the band, so you play quite simply – but there’s an art to doing that as well. They’re very different things.”

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