Xavier Rudd, One-Man Band from Down Under


Set List

Songs Rudd plays from 'Solace':

  • "Shelter"
  • "Let Me Be"
  • "The Letter"

Growing up in a small Australian town, singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd gained inspiration from Aboriginal culture. And when he performs his music, Rudd surrounds himself with guitars, percussion, and didgeridoos.

Xavier Rudd

Xavier Rudd released his first album, Live In Canada, in 2001. Melissa Nannini hide caption

itoggle caption Melissa Nannini

Rudd's U.S. debut solo album is Solace. It's an eclectic set of music dealing with humanity, spirituality — and ultimately compassion. Rudd has gained a reputation for combining his didgeridoo playing — he's known to produce rarely-heard sounds — with intricate guitar work and heartfelt vocals.

A typical stage setup for Rudd includes at least two didgeridoos angled toward him, which he plays while cradling his guitar — and knocking out rhythms on a variety of percussion instruments.

Some of that was in evidence when he stopped by World Café to chat and play.

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