Last week Xavier Rudd played the Regency Center Grand Ballroom in San Francisco and NPR's "Day to Day" was there, recording a number of songs from the performance and speaking to Rudd about his new release Dark Shades of Blue, his US tour and the upcoming comedy Surfer Dude, starring fellow surf aficionado and #1 Xavier Rudd fan Matthew McConaughey. The piece airs tomorrow on NPR stations.
When asked about choosing Rudd to score Surfer Dude, which also stars Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson, McConaughey wrote "when I was first turned on to Xavier's music, I didn't say "who is that," I said "what is that" and I was instantly addicted to the sound and message. He's one of the most original artists in music today and the score he lays down, like our film, will be anything but typical."
Xavier Rudd, renowned for his live shows which he performs in large part as a one man band with a complement of different instruments, notably a number of his native didgeridoos, is currently on tour in the US in support of his August 18th release Dark Shades of Blue, which has been hailed as "an absolute tour de force and unequivocally his most powerful work to date" by Jambase.
Reviews of Rudd's recent performances have been equally stellar. The Seattle Weekly caught his set at the Bumbershoot festival and wrote "Xavier Rudd was the perfect Bumbershoot closer. Rudd is an unbelievably talented musician. The guy sings, blows on the didgeridoo, plays the harmonica, the bongos, slide guitar, regular guitar, the chime thingies and a base pedal - sometimes all in the same song. I know I claimed that the Black Keys were the height of my Bumbershoot 2008 experience, but that declaration was seriously challenged last night. Rudd was ridiculous."
Xavier Rudd on tour: 9/11 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre 9/12 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre Times Square 9/13 - Philadelphia, PA - Filmore at the TLA 9/14 - Washington, DC - Nightclub 9:30 9/16 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel 9/17 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse 9/18 - Nashville, TN - City Hall 9/19 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant 9/20 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre 9/22 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club 9/23 - Madison, WI - The Majestic Theatre 9/24 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 9/25 - Kansas City, MO - Voodoo Lounge 9/26 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium 9/28 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival