Xavier Rudd & The United Nations

Fronting a band aptly named The United Nations, Xavier Rudd has assembled a lineup of musicians from around the world as a one-people musical force. Making their debut in 2015, Xavier Rudd And The United Nations finds the iconic Australian solo artist in full band mode for the first time in a long and successful career, and introduces new album Nanna to Xavier’s diverse and acclaimed discography…

Enthralling audiences with his ability to wield so many instruments at once, Xavier’s 2002 debut album, To Let, introduced a sound that was a mix of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, blues harp and vocals. Something distinctly new, yet tied back through time to the spirit of our ancestors. With a sound established, Xavier’s 2004 sophomore album, Solace, was testament to the power of his songwriting abilities. Solace debuted in the top 20 of the ARIA charts and was met as an instant classic; going platinum and earning Xavier two ARIA nominations, with three of its songs – Let Me Be, Shelter and Solace.

Only a year later, Xavier was receiving his third ARIA nomination, this time for third album Food In The Belly. Celebrated for Xavier’s abilities to effortlessly weave genres together – from the reggae sway of The Mother, to the irresistible tribal jam of Manã – Food In The Belly impacted strongly in Australia and Europe. Xavier’s gold-selling follow-up, White Moth, reached #30 on the US Billboard charts. 2008’s Dark Shades Of Blue was Xavier’s biggest musical departure, and received massive fan and critical acclaim. Gritty, dark and introspective, the album connected deeply with fans, and reintroduced Xavier as formidable lap steel player. 2010’s Koonyum Sun was a return to lighter shades.

Xavier’s 2012 album Spirit Bird, led by the wonderfully delicate Follow The Sun, saw Xavier Rudd tour the world again, bringing together old fans and new, regardless of their culture or country of origin. Now, this ability to connect is at the heart of Xavier Rudd And The United Nations – a band with a strong message of all people coming together around the globe to return to spirit, respect the ancient ways and protect the Earth and the very essence of creation.

Mixed by Errol Brown at Tuff Gong Studios, Nanna is Xavier’s ninth studio album, but his first with Xavier Rudd And The United Nations… finding one of the great solo artists our time fronting a full band with impeccable results. Once again diving into new musical waters, while still holding true to the music in his heart, Xavier Rudd has added another remarkable milestone to his already epic journey; solidifying his place as one of Australia’s greatest artists, activists and spirits.

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