Xavier Rudd and The Cat Empire are ready to rock the Valley
TALENT: Xavier Rudd is performing at SummerSalt, Hope Estate, on November 25.Xavier Rudd is as Aussie as they come so it is surprising to learn he has had more success overseas than in his country of birth.
The rootsy singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist sold out his 28-date tour in the European summer of 2016. Live InThe Netherlands, a double live album recorded on the final night of the tour in Utrecht, was released in April.
He also took his show toNorthAmerica this year for 17 headline and festival appearances.
Since the very beginning, Rudd’s ability to connect with people has been his most powerful gift. The more he has toured the world, the more hearts he has touched and the more of the world he has put back into his music.
His 2002 debut album, To Let, introduced a sound that was a mix of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, blues harp and vocals. His 2004 album, Solace, was testament to the power of his songwriting abilities and earned Ruddtwo ARIA nominations and three songs in Triple J’s Hottest 100.
Subsequent albumsFood in the Belly, White Moth,Dark Shades of Blue, Koonyum Sun,Spirit Bird and Nanna saw the gifted musician go from strength to strength and become a major success overseas.
When Weekender calls, though,Rudd is chilling on the beach with his two dogs. He sounds happy to be home. He’s also looking forward to performing with The Cat Empire at Hope Estate this month for the inaugural SummerSalt concert series. Emmanuel Jal and Lucy Peach are on the line-up, too.
UPBEAT: The Cat Empire are known for their energetic live sets. They are also on the SummerSalt line-up alongside Emmanuel Jal and Lucy Peach.
“I love festivals, they’re groovy and about asrootsy as you can get,” he says.
“We’ve all been sharing music since the beginning of time, it’s a pretty natural thing for us humans to do.”
Rudd is a one-man band at times but will share the stage with three musicians at SummerSalt –a Samoan-n drummer, an Ethiopian bass player and a keyboard player from Brisbane.
“I don’t really get a chance to play much in these days so it’s special when I do,” Rudd says.
“Overseas, though, has been an amazing journey for me. I mean, Europe is pumping these days. I’ve had a great career overseas, far more than I have in . Most of my work is in Europe, Canada and the States and it’s still growing.”
Touring icy Europe is a far cry from his beloved Aussie beaches and bushland but Rudd takes it in his stride.
“Istill am who I am, you know, I’m pretty quiet and I don’t really like being around too many people,” he explains.
“I kind of lay low before a show and look for a park or a beach. I stay pretty fit and just make sure I am the best that I can be at a show. I’m not much fun, you know.I’ve been doing this for 15 to 20 years now, travelling, and I guess in the past I probably partied a little hard but it’s not very sustainable.
“These days I figure if people are willing to pay money to see me play I’ve got to be the best that I can be. That’s my goal. I really appreciate it, you know?
“You learn as you go. I may have taken things for granted in my life but you learn. You learn or you die. It seems that way in the music industry anyway.”
The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd perform at SummerSalt at Hope Estate, Pokolbin, on November 25. There will be market stalls and food trucks on site. Tickets are on sale at summersaltmusic老域名购买.au.