"Xavier Rudd (..) offers a strikingly original mix of music. Some of his sound (and idealism) echoes the surf-folk of Jack Johnson, while his Weissenborn guitar-playing evokes Ben Harper. But mostly, Rudd is on a plateau of his own, playing a one-man blend of guitars, didgeridoos, stomp boxes, djembe drums, and even slide banjo. Expect this album to crack some top 10 lists this year '' BOSTON GLOBE
Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd is a one of a kind artist with a clear vision, personality, and an independent attitude. An established artist in his native Australia and his second home, Canada, Rudd's debut for Anti, Food in the Belly is his 6th record. His extensive travels as a surfer has both shaped and help spread his music. Taking the voice of classic singer/songwriters (he's a professed Paul Simon fan) as template, he's imprinted his influences from traveling all over the world and exploring other cultures into a style which is unique, fresh and vital. His original live performances have helped him build an international reputation… literally with his own hands and feet. From his bare soles on a wooden resonator box to the breath humming in his yidakis (didgeridoos), his work resonates from the ground up and the inside out. Xavier Rudd has developed one of the most passionate and rapidly spreading grassroots audiences of recent times and his original live performances has won him what others take a lifetime of marketing schemes to accomplish: a rabid fan base, media recognition and sold out shows across Europe.