Aussie in­die-folk heavy­weight Xavier Rudd is back paint­ing pic­tures through his mu­sic as he tours his lat­est al­bum with a new band in tow

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Xavier Rudd has a way of paint­ing a pic­ture through his mu­sic that trans­ports you to a vivid Aus­traliana scene. Ahead of his Gold Coast show at NightQuar­ter next week, Xavier ex­plains a lyric in his new song Storm Boy off his lat­est al­bum of the same name.

“Kook­aburra calls like he knows, I call right back, I know I’m home. He’s been with me, watched me grow, through the rainy days and rocky roads,” Xavier says.

“I re­mem­ber when I was writ­ing Storm Boy, I was sit­ting by the river and a kook­aburra was calling.

“I re­mem­ber any times in my life when I was pon­der­ing stuff, good or bad, the kook­aburra was al­ways there, like a re­as­sur­ing voice.

“I al­ways loved com­ing home and hear­ing a kook­aburra call.”

Such a de­scrip­tive snap­shot cap­tures the essence of Xavier’s mu­sic – gen­tle, sin­cere and con­scious of the nat­u­ral world.

His in­die-folk songs are so­cially pro­gres­sive, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism, in­dige­nous Aus­tralia and spir­i­tu­al­ity.

Xavier says this al­bum, much like his other al­bums, is a re­flec­tion of this stage of his life.

“They’re all chap­ters on my jour­ney,” he says.

“Life’s al­ways chang­ing and evolv­ing, and the mu­sic re­flects that stuff as you go.

“I’ve been through a lot of dif­fer­ent changes within my­self. I’ve moved from one area to an­other, I was mar­ried a cou­ple of years ago, I got my back re­built, so I was phys­i­cally de­te­ri­o­rat­ing in the past.

“This time I was phys­i­cally get­ting stronger and clearer about my­self, learn­ing about my­self.

“Storm Boy it­self is one (song) that re­minds me of my child­hood. Like a splash of my child­hood, up un­til now.”

Those head­ing along to the show next Fri­day can ex­pect a lively show with Xavier backed up by a tal­ented band, as well as stripped back solo mo­ments.

“I reckon it’s the best live show I’ve ever had, per­son­ally,” Xavier says.

“I love the band I’m play­ing with, it’s a brand new band, but I’ve got my solo mo­ments in there too.

“I’ve got my solo per­cus­sion rig that I used to use back in the day, I’m touch­ing on a bit of my past there, a bit of ev­ery­thing.

“I’m proud of this show. I think it’s a good one.”

With his Storm Boy tour kick­ing off yes­ter­day, Xavier says he’s ready to show Aus­tralia his new mu­sic and serve up some pos­i­tive vibes.

“I get ex­cited, I don’t get ner­vous (about tour­ing),” Xavier says.

“I just make sure I’m in great shape in ev­ery way.

“I re­ally re­spect the fact that peo­ple are com­ing to my show, and I want to make sure they get 100 per cent of what I can give.” Xavier Rudd plays NightQuar­ter on Au­gust 10. Tick­ets are $68.10 from

Pop­u­lar muso Xavier Rudd will be backed by a tal­ented new band when he plays at NightQuar­ter next Fri­day.

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