Xavier Rudd
Xavier Rudd – the acclaimed Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – will release the follow up to his acclaimed Anti- debut, Food In The Belly on June 19. Titled White Moth, the disc finds Rudd speaking out against his country's Aboriginal land right policies which have led to the wholesale displacement and mis treatment of its indigenous people.

"This album reflects my journey up to this point," explains the Australian born, Rudd. "Over the last few years I've been gifted strong connections with some powerful old spirits from parts of this earth and some have offered their voice and sacred knowledge of their ancestors to this album. Which for me is an honour beyond words." In advance of the disc, titled White Moth, Rudd is confirmed for a Bonnaroo performance on Saturday, June 16.

Xavier and co-producer Dave Ogilvie (David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and N.E.R.D.) recorded the bulk of White Moth in the woods of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast at Gggarth Richardson's studio, The Farm. However, the disc counts the voices of Aboriginal people captured in Arnhem Land – to the northeast of Australia's Northern Territory – and boasts members of the esteemed Aboriginal musical group Yothu Yindi on a number of tracks.

Joined by percussionist Dave Tolley – a guest on Food In The Belly turned new addition to Rudd's line up – White Moth also finds guest player Panos Grames (who lent his wares to Food In The Belly track "Mother Earth" and is the right hand man to esteemed Canadian environmental scientist and activist David Suzuki) in tow. First Nations Cree elder Kennitch also traveled from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to the White Moth sessions and can be heard lending traditional healing prayers and drum to "Foot Print" and "Message stick."

"[Rudd] offers a strikingly original mix of music," The Boston Globe wrote of Food In The Belly. "Some of his sound (and idealism) echoes the surf-folk of Jack Johnson, while his Weissenborn guitar-playing evokes Ben Harper. But mostly, Rudd is on a plateau of his own, playing a one-man blend of guitars, Yidaki (didgeridoos), stomp box and various percussion. Expect this album to crack some top 10 lists."

Meanwhile, Jambands.com said, "the Australian troubadour's stripped-down approach conjures up images of some dude you know entertaining friends around the campfire... Such is the intimate quality of Rudd's music." To which, All Music Guide added, "Xavier Rudd is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist with simple, yet profound, thoughts on life to impart."

Xavier Rudd's previous albums, Solace (2004) and the aforementioned Food In The Belly (2005) earned platinum and gold sales certifications in Australia. His DVD Good Spirit (2006), counting footage from his sold out April 14, 2004 show at Sydney's Enmore Theatre, was just recently certified gold in Australia.

[Published on: 3/1/07]

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jasoncohen starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 01:02PM
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i can't wait for the new tunes!!!! hopefully some more tour dates to be announced soon too??!?!?!?!?!?

MusicIsGood starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 01:04PM
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This is great. The article didn't mention Xavier's first record 'To Let'. Its amazing as are all the others. If you haven't heard him before, To Let is the best introduction to Xaviers music.

Luthur starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 01:10PM
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Didn't Food In the Belly just come out? Like last month?

rebubula7 Thu 3/1/2007 01:11PM
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Fabulous!!! I love Xavier and can't wait for another new album!

lovelivedos starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 01:42PM
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the more xavier the betterF! this guy is amazing, love food in the belly and cant wait for this one. cant wait to see him this summer.

TLGchris Thu 3/1/2007 01:50PM
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Luthur :: 3/1/2007 1:10 PM ::

Didn't Food In the Belly just come out? Like last month?

It came out in the states recently...but it's been out for quite a while in Australia and Canada

lvcheese Thu 3/1/2007 02:01PM
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Xavier is tight. I saw him at wakarusa 05 and it was a fun time.

DaMule starstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 03:06PM
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sound like solid stuff. cant wait for the new album

dudeski3 Thu 3/1/2007 03:38PM
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Xavier Rudd= badass.

chetzel69 starstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 04:30PM
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Xavier is a bad ass and cant wait to get this Food In The Belly came out about a year ago, and to let is a good disc but I think his best is Solace by far atleast so far.

Jill11 Thu 3/1/2007 04:48PM
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Everyone: You have to check out this band that I saw in Knoxville a few nights ago. There name is G-Roc. It is a guy who plays electronic drums and a keyboard player who lays down loops. They are freakin' awesome! I am personally going to tell everyone I know to check them out. Peace!


Jammer1086 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 11:22PM
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i saw him at all good last year and he was awesome. i will go to see him where ever he plays as long as i can get here. i have all his albums and every one a great! ROCK ON RUDD!!!!!!!!!!

insignia starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/2/2007 08:10AM
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cuttyfives Fri 3/2/2007 01:25PM
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i lstened to all the tracks the g-roc has on myspace...i would have to say you are on their nuts a little to much... if you like that kind of stuff i recommned Coldcuts stoned, chilled, grooves, or some blockhead music by cavelight. Granted, all i could listen to was there four tracks on myspace...they dont have shit on blockhead or coldcut

papp66 starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/3/2007 11:49PM
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Food in the Belly came out about a year ago, but was just released in the US by ANTI on Jan. 31st 2007. Be sure to check out xavierrudd.com and especially xavierrudd.com/forum to keep up to date on news for tours and new songs etc. Occasionally we get xav and goomblar on the forum giving us insider info so check it out. Great article! :) Can't wait for the new album!!!!

-papp (Xav Forum Admin)

illinikrush3 starstarstarstar Mon 3/5/2007 03:09PM
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xavier rudd ceases to amaze me... i'm looking forward to yet another great album coming from him. i would advise people to check him out live probably one of the greatest shows i have ever been to both with him playing and the crowd atmosphere. he is second to none.

pinkfloydfan420 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 11:47AM
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Can't beat Xavier, but I've found taper's recordings don't pick up nearly enough of the didge. Too bad too, cuz he can rawk on those things.