Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald: "It’s the kind of stuff you’ll put on and it’ll instantly transport you to a time and place you wish you could go back to"

Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald
(Image credit: Tom Dunphy)

You only have to look at next year’s Bluesfest lineup for proof that roots, blues and folk music is alive and thriving Down Under. Hell, even in the underground there is no short supply of fantastic hollowbody harmonisers out there – and right at the tippy top of the food chain, thanks to their transcendental talents behind the fretboard and viscerally powerful voices, are Ash Grunwald and The Teskey Brothers. Both have reigned high and mighty as the 2010s’ defacto icons of Australian rhythm and blues, with Grunwald’s 2015 opus Now and the Teskeys’ ripping 2017 breakthrough Half Mile Harvest especially notable releases. 

For 2020, Grunwald and Josh Teskey have teamed up – with the other brother Sam close by as he mans the console – for their most faithful approach to the blues yet: a raw, rootsy and all-over ripping collection of tunes as organic and authentic as they come, both in respect to how they’re presented and how they were written. Push The Blues Away isn’t a particularly weighty release, at just 30 minutes of back-and-forth jamming, but therein lies part of its charm: Teskey and Grunwald didn’t set out to create some big, career-defining masterpiece with this record – rather, they were just keen to hop into a studio, pick up some guitars and see what would happen. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…