ASH GRUNWALD HAS A FRESH BAG OF TRICKS FOR BLUES ON BROADBEACH
Ash Grunwald is living proof that no matter how good you get at your craft, there’s always room for improvement. The 41-year-old will close the Surf Parade Stage at Blues on Broadbeach tomorrow night, and if you notice him showing a little restraint with his big band, it’s because he’s recently learned a few neat tricks he’s eager to show off.
“I’ve pretty much moved to Bali now and I’ve been spending a lot of time practising,” he says.
“I haven’t just practised for a long time and I’m really getting into it – I got sick of not being better.
“So I’ve just been playing and writing with my new skills and honestly I’m having an absolute ball.
“So I’ll have to put a few rules in place when I play Blues on Broadbeach – like no 10-minute solos.
“The other thing is I’ve got this massive band, so it’s not just me up there. I’m going to have to force myself to play the songs.”
The most interesting part of the story is how Grunwald finally learned these skills he says he’d been struggling to master for 20 years.
With the Bali setting, the chance encounter, the no doubt incredible soundtrack and valuable life lesson, it’s movie worthy in every way.
“Sonny, he’s a guy who teaches my daughter piano,” Grunwald explains.
“I said ‘Do you know anyone who’s a really good guitarist, I’m having trouble with a couple of Hendrix lines’. There’s a few things I wanted to learn for 20 years but never put in time.
“So Sonny said ‘I’ll work it out’ and I was like ‘yeah right, if I can’t work it out what makes you think you could’, and he did!
“He’s just a genius shredder on guitar.
“He taught me a lesson ... then he taught me a lesson.”
But at his core, whether he’s shredding Hendrix style or chilling like Bob Dylan, Grunwald will always be a blues musician.
His love for the genre shines through as he speaks of his involvement in the weekend’s blues bonanza.
“Dance music is great to dance to, there’s nothing like it for when you want to dance,” he says.
“Blues music is a live genre, it’s all about the playing and the players and it’s kind of a spectacle in a way.
“Even if you’re not a blues fan, if you see it live, you’ll get it and you’ll love it.
“If all the other genres fade away from live music I think blues will still be there for a long time.”
Catch Ash Grunwald 9pm tomorrow at the Surf Parade Stage. For all acts see bluesonbroadbeach.com
Ash Grunwald will close the Surf Parade Stage at Blues on Broadbeach tomorrow night.