Australian singer-songwriter and didgeridoo player Xavier Rudd is a top-selling world-music/pop artist who has toured in recent years across the U.S. with the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, and Ben Harper. Rudd and his band headline the Music Farm in Charleston on Thurs. Aug. 6 in support of their fourth album, Dark Shades of Blue, produced by Rudd and mixed by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age).
"The album is dusky and cool, more sober than any work Rudd has done in the past," says his U.S. label, Anti-. "Don't mistake it for temperate. Guitar-driven jams expand on a sound only hinted at on previous releases, and distortion often supplants the squeaky-clean guitars heard on earlier works." JamBase.com called the new album, "an absolute tour de force and unequivocally [Rudd's] most powerful work to date."
Rudd's current on-stage lineup features bassist Tio Moloantoa and drummer Andile Nqubezelo of the late world/reggae singer Lucky Dube's band. Rudd stays anchored at center stage on guitar, surrounded by a three-tube didgeridoo contraption (of different keys), and various percussion instruments. The bandleader has already led sold-out tours in Europe, Canada, Australia and the U.S., and he's won gold and platinum sales awards for his albums and DVDs.