Xavier Rudd

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Xavier Rudd
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Xavier Rudd (2009) live in Geelong, Australia.
Background information
Born (1978-05-29) 29 May 1978 (age 37)
Origin Torquay, Victoria, Australia
Genres Folk, blues, indie folk, folk rock, reggae
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, yidaki, banjo, lap steel guitar, percusion
Years active 2000–present
Labels Universal Music Australia
SaltX/Universal/Fontana Records (US/Canada)
Website xavierrudd.com
Notable instruments
Weissenborn slide guitars,

Xavier Rudd (born 29 May 1978) is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is well known on the music festival circuit for playing at musical festivals and concerts in Australia, North America and throughout Europe. His fan base is particularly strong in Australia and in Canada, where he has recorded several albums and performed live shows.


Rudd grew up in Torquay, Victoria, where he attended St Joseph's College, Geelong. Rudd showed a keen interest in music growing up.[1] Before his solo career he began playing music as part of the band 'Xavier and the Hum'. He drew inspiration from artists such as Leo Kottke, Ben Harper, Natalie Merchant and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, as well as music from diverse sources, such as Hawaiian and Native American music.[2] [3] Rudd is a vegetarian,[4][5] and was nominated for PETA's annual "World's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity" award in 2007.[6] Xavier has also received Paul Watson Sea Shepherds Rock the Boat award. His grandfather was born in Tilburg, a town in the Netherlands, before he migrated to Australia.


Rudd is a one-man band who plays surrounded by instruments in a complicated array. Typically, he has three didgeridoos placed in front of him on a stand, a guitar on his lap, a stompbox by his habitually bare feet, and an assortment of drums, harmonicas & bells near at hand, or near at foot as the case may be. Several of Rudd's songs incorporate socially conscious themes, such as spirituality, humanity, environmentalism and the rights of Aboriginal peoples. His songs include stories of the mistreatment of the indigenous people of his homeland.[1] Rudd has included both Australian and Canadian Aboriginal vocals in some of his songs. He tends to play the Didgeridoo in many of his songs.

Live performances[edit]

Rudd has become a known name at music festivals worldwide including the Bonnaroo Music Festival, the High Sierra (2004 & 2007) and Wakarusa (2005), moe.down (2003), Summer Sonic, Lowlands, Rock Werchter among others. As his popularity continued to grow, he received many opportunities to perform on tour with artists such as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Good Old War, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Rodrigo y Gabriela.[7]

Instruments Rudd plays[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
(sales threshold)
2002 To Let -
  • AUS: Gold
2004 Solace 13
2005 Good Spirit 16 56
  • AUS: Gold
2005 Food in the Belly 16 56
  • AUS: Platinum
2007 White Moth 6
2008 Dark Shades of Blue 5
2010 Koonyum Sun (with Izintaba) 6
2012 Spirit Bird 2
  • AUS: Gold
2015 Nanna (with The United Nations) 8

Live albums[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Xavier Rudd’s Biography – Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at". Last.fm. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Xavier Rudd Biography". Sortmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Tom (1 June 2006). "Rudd found doing what he loves". The Province. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Xavier Rudd interview". Incendiary Magazine. 28 March 2006. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Rocker Xavier Rudd Gets Real". PETA Asia Pacific. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  6. ^ "World's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities". PETA. Retrieved 29 June 2007. (link no longer active. See here [1] for the archived version found inside the Internet Archive)
  7. ^ "Xavier Rudd - Biography". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  8. ^ a b "Xavier Rudd - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2005 Albums". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  10. ^ "ARIA: 2007 Albums". Aria.com.au. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 

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