It's not easy being Ash Grunwald.
Australia’s most prolific blues and roots man has made the switch from Victoria to NSW and is making plans for world domination from the comfort of his Byron Bay beachside bungalow.
‘‘I had a meeting with some guys from Brazil this morning, looks like I might be going over,’’ he said.
‘‘Then I had a surf and met my wife and daughter to do a bit of grocery shopping, now I have got interviews this afternoon.’’
As you would expect, the singer is settling in well, except for one thing.
‘‘There’s heaps of cool markets and stuff to check out on the weekends, but my schedule means I’m out touring then,’’ Grunwald said.
‘‘So I miss out.’’
Aww geez, that’s rough.
‘‘I can feel your sympathy from here,’’ the musician laughed.
After two years spent travelling, surfing and making music with new mates Vika and LindaBull and the shaggiest man in Oz rock, Kram, Grunwald is set to release his newest work, Trouble’s Door— recorded and produced in his home studio, another Byron perk.
‘‘I have recorded at home before, butI have never hadmy own studio,’’ he said.
‘‘It is great because it means I can work the way I want to.’’
Like tripping across the backyard to the studio at 2am, after a bit of dream-time inspiration?
‘‘Ha ha, no, not quite, but I do work odd hours,’’ Grunwald said.
‘‘WhenI am ready to record I am very impatient about it, I like to work really hard and get it all out quickly.
‘‘This time around, me and ‘Fingers’—my producer, went surfing in the mornings and worked late into the night.
‘‘If I surfed less,I would probably make heaps more music.
‘‘But, hey, it’s a process.’’
Grunwald has built a solid reputation as one of Australia’s busiest touring artists, his laid back grooves proving popular among blues fans at home and around the world.
This month he is heading Bunbury way when he tours regional WA, but until then, he will be kicking back in Byron Bay.
‘‘I might see if I can get in another surf, this afternoon, or maybe do a bit of yoga,’’ he said.
‘‘HowByron is that?’’
Ash Grunwald plays at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Bunbury on October 26, with tickets on sale now.
The South Western Times, with thanks to Ash Grunwald, has one double pass to give away to a lucky reader. To enter simply answer this question: What have you found behind Trouble’s Door? Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close on October 18.