Rudd back in town

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out -

Roots pow­er­house Xavier Rudd has ex­tended his world tour by two shows, with one tak­ing place at 3 Oceans Win­ery in Met­ricup this week­end.

Rudd’s 70-odd date tour through­out Aus­tralia, North Amer­ica and Europe was due to wind down last month, but the multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist and ac­tivist made a re­cent call to add two WA dates.

“It can be a bit of a jug­gle to fit ev­ery­thing in . . . but I love WA,” he said.

“It’s prob­a­bly one of my favourite places to play in the coun­try. It’s rootsy and its cool, and peo­ple have al­ways been re­ally sup­port­ive.”

The tour fol­lows this year’s re­lease of Storm Boy — Rudd’s ninth stu­dio al­bum and first solo re­lease in six years.

It builds on the spir­i­tual and in­tro­spec­tive sounds that have gar­nered him a global fol­low­ing since 2002’s To Let and draws in­spi­ra­tion from all as­pects of the mu­si­cian’s life, in­clud­ing his re­cent mar­riage, trav­els, and the en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial causes he cham­pi­ons.

“I see al­bums as chap­ters in a book,” he said. “It’s broad, and it’s per­sonal too. I think a lot of peo­ple can re­late to my mu­sic be­cause it’s about per­sonal things in life, like peo­ple trip­ping up and learn­ing to get back up again.”

Rudd, whose fa­ther al­most set­tled in Mar­garet River in the 1970s, said he was ex­cited to re­turn to the re­gion.

“Aus­tralia is a mag­i­cal place full of a lot of pretty spe­cial places and Mar­garet River is def­i­nitely one of those,” he said.

Rudd will per­form at 3 Oceans on Satur­day from 3pm, with sup­port from The Teskey Broth­ers and Stella Don­nelly. Tick­ets are avail­able at 3oceans.oztix.com.au.

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