Xavier Rudd with Ash Grunwald

Sat Jul 12, 2014
The Fillmore
Doors 8:00 p.m. // Show 9:00 p.m.
Music, Rock
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Xavier Rudd is back with his #2 ARIA debut album, Spirit Bird.With an identifiable array of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, Ruddís has reintroduced Australians to the sounds and stories of the landís original owners, while introducing the rest of the world to an entirely new sound altogether. Over the course of a decade, he has taken this sound to every corner of the globe; producing seven studio albums, two live albums, multiple ARIA nominations and a global fan-base of likeminded souls.From 2002ís To Let, his first studio album, through to 2007ís White Moth, Rudd gradually refined his globally influenced collage of world music Ė a matchless mixture of reggae, funk, blues, folk, and nearly every other sort of song with the ability to stimulate peopleís spirits.With 2008ís Dark Shades of Blue, the world was welcomed into a darker, more somber side of Ruddís music. The album was indeed musically rich, with an international influence still inherent; however, the overall aura carried a different tinge compared to that of his previous work.ďDark Shades Of Blue was something that I didnít realize at the time. It was like I could feel the shudder of an earthquake, but I didnít know it was comingĒ explains Rudd. That metaphorical earthquake manifested in the form of the most tumultuous year in Ruddís personal history, and one he was more than happy to put behind him when starting to pen 2010ís Koonyum Sun.This album was a new awakening for Rudd, perhaps because it was his first with bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo under the unified banner of "Xavier Rudd & Inzintaba." Thanks to the input of Inzintaba, Koonyum Sun presented a staggering amount of vigor to this release that Xavier Rudd fans hadnít seen to date.Which brings us to 2012ís Spirit Bird. Already producing Ruddís highest-selling single and most played radio single to date with Follow The Sun, 2012ís Spirit Bird is Ruddís deepest and most explorative album. The album saw the ever socially-conscience Rudd delve into his musical and spiritual ancestry and took him from the threatened landscape of Western Australiaís Kimberley region, to the hills and lakes of Canada.Xavier Rudd is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, a surfer, environmental and cultural activist, and one of Australianís most iconic voices.


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