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Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Xavier Rudd Sets White Moth Free

Tour Underway; Followed by Dave Matthews Support Dates

On the heels of his celebrated performance at Bonnaroo last week, Xavier Rudd – the acclaimed Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – has just launched an extensive U.S. Tour this week in support of his second Anti- album, White Moth. The disc, which dropped this past Tuesday (June 19th) and counts the single “Better People,” has pulled exceptional early reviews from North American critics. Relix enthuses “With White Moth, Xavier Rudd sought to properly lasso—at long last—the catharsis of his live shows: the sound of his unhinged guitar, thumping stomp boxes and mystically creepy didgeridoos bounding out of the P.A. system. If obtaining an accurate reflection of your live experience is one of the biggest challenges for a genuine stage musician, Xavier pulls it off with his hot-wired Weissenborn.” Rolling Stone writes, “Aussie multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd is a singer-songwriter with a tenaciously laid-back mien and a love for both surfing and classic roots sounds.” And San Diego City Beat insists, “White Moth, could be Jeff Buckley's Grace remade by Ben Harper. The whole thing is very unprocessed and raw…But it's all Rudd when it comes to making the didgeridoo sound menacing. Virtuoso isn't really a word one would apply to a guy who plays a sacred instrument that's basically a big hollow stick, but Rudd's ability to make the thing sound like an angry, lonely dingo baying at the moon is pretty nuts.” Echoing the sentiment of the aforementioned “Footprint,” the U.S. trek in support of White Moth is presented in partnership with CLIF Bar’s Green Notes program and embraces a greening initiative to, as Xavier explains, “reduce our carbon footprint on the environment.”

The disc also finds Rudd speaking out against his country’s Aboriginal land right policies which have led to the wholesale displacement and mistreatment of its indigenous people. Xavier and co-producer Dave Ogilvie (David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and N.E.R.D.) recorded the bulk of White Moth in the woods of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast at Gggarth Richardson’s studio, The Farm.

Rudd’s headlining trek through North America wraps on July 31st in Northampton, Mass. The next day, Rudd – who supported DMB in his homeland earlier this year – again joins The Dave Matthews Band as a special guest on select East Coast dates of its Summer Tour through the U.S.

Here are Xavier Rudd’s remaining headlining U.S. Tour Dates with support act Serena Ryder:

6/22, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO 6/25, El Rey, Los Angeles, CA 6/26, House of Blues, San Diego, CA 6/29, Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR 6/30, The Showbox, Seattle, WA 7/6, Grandstand Stage, High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy, CA 7/7, Big Meadow Stage, High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy, CA 7/19, The Eagles Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 7/20, St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, Michigan 7/21, Lifestyle Communities Pavillion, Columbus, Ohio 7/23, Vogue Theater, Indianapolis, IN 7/24, House of Blues, Cleveland, OH 7/26, Highline Ballroom, New York, NY 7/27, Highline Ballroom, New York, NY 7/28, 9:30 Club, Washington, DC 7/29, 8 X 10, Baltimore, MD 7/31, Pearl Street Ballroom, Northampton, MA

Here are Xavier Rudd’s opening dates with The Dave Matthews Band:

8/1 Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts Mansfield, MA 8/2 Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts Mansfield, MA 8/4 New England Dodge Music Center Hartford, CT 8/5 New England Dodge Music Center Hartford, CT 8/7 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront Camden, NJ

For more information on Xavier Rudd, contact Hector Martinez at hector@epitaph.com.

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