Legendary Australian roots troubadour Ash Grunwald is heading West in support of his new single Hammer. Currently in the middle of his National tour over east, fans can expect Grunwald to hit the West Coast end of April 2017.
His latest gem Hammer, was the first we heard from his forthcoming as-yet-untitled 10th studio album last month. The track – arguably his boldest yet, explores the 21st-century genre; adding a twist of classic rock, neo-soul and contemporary tones from Butler, Rudd and Harper. Gritty, eclectic and fearless, Hammer bends musical boundaries to create his most accomplished track to date.
“Hammer feels like a rebirth for me in some ways. I’m not a new artist trying to find my niche or prove myself. I don’t want to be a certain kind of artist fitting into a certain kind of box either. I went in to record Hammer knowing the musical boundaries I wanted to push as well as the traditions I wanted to respect and tried to create something my fans would love – a signpost to the future in some ways, with ties to the past.” – Ash Grunwald
Finding inspiration in old prison songs and blues legends such as RL Burnside and John Lee Hooker, Ash Grunwald says Hammer has been a “clear crowd favourite” at recent festivals. The track was written as part of a recording trip to the US Grunwald embarked on last year. This latest taste of his bluesy boldness is the first we’ve heard from the artist since his 2015’s successful Now album.
Grunwald’s national tour has already seen him in both capital cities and more regional areas throughout Adelaide, Albury and Melbourne. April locations coming up include Coolangatta, Brisbane, Smithfield, Sydney, Wollongong and then to WA – Bunbury, Denmark, Margaret River and Fremantle. Fans can expect the roots musician to preview more of his forthcoming record at these shows.
Supporting Grunwald on his WA adventures, local Perth artist Michael Triscari will bring his fusion of oceanic roots, blues and folk tunes to the shows. Check out his website here for a full list of upcoming Perth performances.
In addition to his much-anticipated Hammer tour, Ash Grunwald also hits the small screen in April on the new Fox Sports series Latitude Zero. Heading to the Latitude Zero resort in the Telo Islands with a group made up of Luke Egan, Rabbit Bartholomew and Mark Philippoussis, the two-part series explores the role that surfing plays in their lives and is produced by renowned surf filmmaker Andrew ‘Short’ Buckley.
Hammer WA Tour Dates:
Thursday 27th April: Prince of Wales, Bunbury
Friday 28th April: Boston Brewery, Denmark
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