Xavier Rudd

Australian musician and activist Xavier Rudd has, from the very beginning, combined his love of the environment, humanity, and surfing with a healthy obsession with roots music. Rudd is a multi-instrumentalist and most of the time, 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 stomp box by his habitually bare feet, and an assortment of drums, banjos, harmonicas, bells, and bass guitar near at hand, or near at foot, as the case may be. He takes this setup with him on frequent tours (as well as his surfboards), relying on word of mouth rather than record labels to speak for him. His albums, several of them live recordings, are most often for sale at these sold-out gigs.