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Grunwald drew attention as a solo artist with the release of his debut studio album, Introducing Ash Grunwald, a collection of blues standards and originals, including "Dolphin Song," which is based on a real life encounter Grunwald experienced with a shark and the pod of dolphins that came to his rescue. The positive response to Grunwald's debut resulted in two Australian Blues Awards (The Chain Awards) for 'Best Emerging Talent' and 'Male Vocalist of the Year' in 2003.
In 2004, released his follow up album I Don't Believe, On the album, Grunwald emulated Tom Waits experimental bang and clang percussion using hammers, spanners and pots. The album included six originals, two Waits compositions, "Going Out West" and "Jesus Gonna Be Here" and blues standards. Grunwald received an ARIA Award nomination for 'Best Blues and Roots Album' in 2004, and the Victorian Blues award for 'Male Vocalist of the Year' (equal with Lloyd Spiegel) and in 2005 the MBAS Vic / Tas award for Solo / Duo of the Year (equal with Dave Hogan).
In June 2004, Grunwald recorded Live at the Corner, an album of songs from his first two releases. Grunwald won the 2005 MBAS Vic / Tas and Australian Blues awards Album of the Year in addition to being nominated once again for the 'Best Blues And Roots album' at the 2005 ARIA Awards. In May 2005, Grunwald was invited to take over as host of Triple J's Thursday night show 'Roots N All'.
In August 2006 Grunwald released Give Signs recorded on his own record label, Delta Groove Records. The album received another ARIA Award nomination for 'Best Blues and Roots Album'. In 2006, Grunwald supported James Brown at his Tasmanian concert. On 21 December 2006 Grunwald finished his role as a Triple J presenter. In September 2007 he was nominated for another ARIA award for Best Blues and Roots Album.
Grunwald released his fourth studio album, Fish Out of Water on 30 August 2008, with the album reaching No. 43 on the ARIA charts. The new album was greeted with positive reviews with many of the critics saying it is one of the best blues/roots albums of the year. Several tracks gained significant airplay on the national youth broadcaster Triple J some of these included "Breakout", "Devil Called Me a Liar" and "Joke on Me". Grunwald appeared for the first time in a Triple J Hottest 100 with one entry in the 2008 countdown, with "Breakout" reaching number 50. Fish Out of Water was nominated 'Best Blues and Roots Album' at the 2009 ARIA Awards, Grunwald's fourth in this category.
In October 2009 Grunwald recorded a performance at Fremantle's Fly By Night club for a release as a live album in early 2010.
In early 2013, Grunwald teamed up with Scott Owen and Andy Strachan (from The Living End) and recorded a version of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" which was released as a free download through Grunwald's website. "Crazy" was picked up by Austereo's Triple M network and lead to a live performance on the Seven Network's program The Morning Show. The unplanned success of the single took the three back into the studio where they re-recorded some of Grunwald existing tracks; adding a driving rhythm section. The collection of tracks was released in June 2013 under the title Gargantua. The album peaked at number 46 on the ARIA Charts.
Throughout 2014, Grunwald toured rigorously overseas, most significantly supporting Xavier Rudd throughout the United States. During that trip Grunwald was awarded the LA Music Critic Award for Best International Act.
In late 2014, Grunwald returned to the studio and in February 2015, The title of his eighth studio album was unveiled as Now. The album was subsequently released on 25 September 2015 and peaked at number 52 on the ARIA Charts.
In 2019, Grunwald signed with Bloodlines Music, the company re-released his back catalogue on vinyl in February 2019.
In June 2019, Grunwald released "Whispering Voice" with Kasey Chambers, the lead single from Grunwald's ninth studio album Mojo. Mojo was released in August 2019 and peaked at number 40 on the ARIA Charts. Mojo was produced by Brian Brinkerhoff, Carla Olson and Ash.
Also in August 2019, Grunwald published his first book Surf by Day, Jam by Night. In the book, Grunwald interviews 15 of the world's top surfer-musicians; including Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Jack Johnson, Dave Rastovich, Pete Murray, G. Love and many more. It was published by Pantera Press on 19 August 2019.
In August 2020, Grunwald released his first greatest hits compilation, a 30-track album, titled Anthology 2002–2020.
On 23 August, Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald premiered the song "Thinking 'Bout Myself" on ABC's The Sound. The song is the lead single from their collaborative album, Push the Blues Away, released on 13 November 2020.
Currently, Ash Grunwald is 46 years, 6 months and 20 days old. Ash Grunwald will celebrate 47th birthday on a Tuesday 5th of September 2023.
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