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Xavier Rudd Brings Summer 'Storm' to Aspen


Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd comes to the Belly Up this weekend on his "Storm Boy" tour. Rudd says he's found energy from his global audiences throughout his 16-year career.  


"Storm Boy" is Rudd's first solo release in six years.  He says it is a journal of sorts, documenting personal growth he’s made through travel and marriage. He's known for optimistic, uplifting music and says he finds hope in his international audiences.  

“Everywhere I go in the world, it’s great people wanting to celebrate change for a better world and human beings uniting and changing our ways to embrace a more positive future,” Rudd said.

Rudd plays a host of musical instruments, including the didgeridoo, a wooden pipe that can be up to 10 feet long that was developed by indigenous Australians.  Playing such a large, resonant instrument is a soulful experience for Rudd.

“I’m pushing a lot of air through my system at a fast rate, and it makes you feel like ten feet tall,” he said.

Rudd takes the stage at the Belly Up on Sunday night.  





Contributor Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life. Christin is a veteran of Aspen Public Radio, serving as producer, reporter and interim news director.