This year has been a busy one for Ash Grunwald. Besides releasing "Mojo," his first new album in five years, Ash wrote his first book, "Surf By Day, Jam By Night," which is a collection of conversations with famous surfers who are also musicians. Ash also oversaw the release of his own signature hollow-body Pratley guitar. "Hammer", the first original song on "Mojo," features a chorus that Ash took from his days working on his father's construction site. The album also features covers of songs by Townes Van Zandt, Chester Burnett, and a stomping version of Tom Waits' "Going Out West." Other tracks feature collaborations with Joe Bonamassa, The Teskey Brothers and the Fabulous Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson. Grunwald's deep voice and powerful playing are complimented by the horn arrangements, and the album has a high energy feel. Throughout the album, Grunwald's guitar soars between gritty distortion and bright melodic lines. "Mojo" is an addition to Ash Grunwald's impressive canon of work.