Xavier Rudd returns to the Orange Peel

Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd can probably make you like the didgeridoo (which is not to assume that you don’t). For starters, he was named World’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity by PETA in ‘07. Secondly, he performs as a one-man band, surrounded by an array of instruments (including the didgeridoo, which he plays on many songs, but as a rhythm instrument that’s at once deeply organic and as pumped up as a club beat). Third, his latest album, Spirit Bird is a deftly-balanced mix of sensitive song craft (with bird sounds and other field recordings from nature) and energetically percussive tracks.

Listen to “Lioness Eye”:

Rudd’s aesthetic is that breezy, beachy, sun drenched sound associated with the likes of Jack Johnson and Donavon Frankenreiter. There’s a sweet sincerity at work in each song — it’s Rudd’s authenticity that attracted fans as much as his stellar musicianship.

Watch the video for “Follow The Sun”:


Xavier Rudd returns to The Orange Peel on Saturday, Oct. 20. Roots musician Yeshe (German born, inspired by African teachings) opens the show. 9 p.m., $22 advance or $24 day of show.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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  1. Maxence

    Chris Malroy – Really cool to read this. I feel that at the same time that this was taking place, I was hanvig a very spiritual awakening. I could feel you from across the globe in the heart of America. A place that my ancestors lived in peace and harmony before America was settled and they were forced west during an event called The trail of tears . My fathers chose to stay around. I am thankful for their decisions. I feel a strong sense of belonging to these trees and these people that here. My grandfather was much misunderstood as a lazy man who did not work. May the truth be told, he lived off of the land just like his ancestors did. He took me to these places where our fathers fled out of fear. My fathers weep at the destruction of our land. I know this because I feel it. We all do. Whether we choose to listen and act upon what we already know is the question. Thank you for sharing this. One love One mob! P.S. I am very much looking forward to hearing the new music!!!

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