A virtual one-man band, Australian multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd took the world-famous Bonnaroo music festival by surprise back in 2004. He mesmerized the Tennessee crowd with rhythmic sleight of hand as he played laptop slide guitar, didgeridoo and a variety of percussion all at the same time.
He has been invited back to Bonnaroo several times since, and every time, no matter the headliner, he draws huge crowds. Just listen to the audience chime in on his 2007 "Live from Bonnaroo" album.
With the festival circuit as his home, he's been a road warrior over the past decade, playing massive outdoor jams all over the world, from Europe to Asia and Australia in between. All the touring and traveling finally caught up with him a few years ago.
His latest album, "Spirit Bird," was "a big benchmark for me on my journey, spiritually and emotionally," Rudd said. "I was really ground down. I got to a point where I had lost myself. l needed country and the land to hold me."
Songs like "Follow the Sun" take the listener on a journey in search of balance and nurturing, with the goal of being one with nature.