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Australian Legend Ash Grunwald Releases New Single ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ From Upcoming LP

By Stevie Connor.

Ash Grunwald has released the second single from his forthcoming LP, which is a reimagination of the Bill Withers classic, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, and a collaboration with the tropical ambassador of rhythm ‘n’ groove, Bobby Alu.

Contemplating the collaboration with ambassador Alu, Grunwald reflects: “I’m stoked with how this collab with Bobby Alu (vocals/drums) came together, while jamming with our mate and musical genius, Ian Peres (keyboards), on the Bill Withers classic, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’.

Bobby’s smile is as infectious as his groove and his silky-smooth vocals, so it’s fitting that we’d collab on such a feel good song, from one of our mutual heroes. Bill Withers was a special human who combined soulful grooves with thoughtful singer-songwriter lyrics, which were often rooted in deep insights on how we can treat each other better, to live happier lives. This has always been a strong theme in my own songwriting, meanwhile I’ve heard these sentiments echoing through Bobby’s work as well. It also goes without saying that we both love a good groove, so this song made perfect sense. We also used it as a platform to launch into a good time free form jam, which also gaveIan’s genius the time and space to shine.”

Grunwald set the Mojo Stage alight at Bluesfest earlier this year, with a scintillating show featuring the Moog synth wizardry of Ian Peres and tropical ambassador of rhythm ‘n’ groove, Bobby Alu. It also marked Grunwald's 10th appearance at Bluesfest, which cast Ash into Australian Blues folklore and enshrined the living legend as an institution at Australia's most iconic music festival.

To commemorate the momentous occasion, Grunwald entered Brooklet studios with Ian Peres (Wolfmother, Bernhard Fanning), Bobby Alu (Xavier Rudd), and producer Nick DiDia (Springsteen, Peral jam, rage AgainstThe Machine) to record the set the trio smoked at Bluesfest 2023.

Entitled Bluesfest Studio Sessions, the new LP features all your favourites, curated from a career and catalogue spanning 20 years, and will be released on Friday the 17th of November 2023 through Delta Groove/MGM.

Ash Grunwald has inspired a generation to hit the road in an old beat-up Bedford to ‘surf by day jam by night’. Throughout his career, he has supported legends James Brown, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, and Keith Urban, among numerous others, and played sold out festivals acrossEurope, Japan, and North America. With six Australian Top-50 albums to his credit, alongside five ARIA and four AIR Award Nominations, two APRA Awards, and gong for Best International Act at the LA Music Critic Awards in 2014, Grunwald is cast in bronze among Australia’s most successful blues musicians. Live onstage, Ash rocks the house yet touches the soul, serving a tsunami of dance, beats, roots, bass ‘n’ blues… and learn, and pay respect to the First Nations Peoples and their elders, past, present and future.


Fri 13 Oct

Brunswick Ballroom Brunswick, VIC

Sat 14 Oct

Queenscliff Town Hall Queenscliff, VIC

Sun 15 Oct

Memo Music Hall St Kilda, VIC

Fri 20 Oct

Black Duck Brewery Port Macquarie, NSW

Sat 21 Oct

Lizotte’s Newcastle, NSW

Fri 3 Nov

Bellingen Memorial Hall Bellingen, NSW

Sat 4 Nov

Ballina Rsl Club Ballina, NSW

Fri 17 Nov

Coolangatta Hotel Coolangatta, QLD

Sat 18 Nov

Mullumbimby Civic Hall Mullumbimby, NSW

Sat 25 Nov

Bronwyn Street Blues #6 Caloundra, QLD

Sun 03 Dec

Dave Ferrit Festival Gerringong, NSW

Fri 05 Jan

Good Gumnuts Festival Blythe Park, TAS

Sat 06 Jan

Dodges Ferry Hotel Dodges Ferry, TAS

Sun 07 Jan

Longley Int. Hotel Longley, TAS



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