“Sal’s songs are marked by an unusual pairing of passion and wit, and, in her hands, somehow neither steals power from the other. Whenever we play her music on ABC radio, it garners an instant response: “Who was that singer?” I’m convinced she’s on her way to becoming an important part of our musical culture.”
- Richard Glover, ABC Sydney
The band’s highly anticipated self-titled album will be released on October 14 and was produced by Shane O’Mara (Tim Rogers, The Audreys) at his studio, yikesville.
The 13-song collection showcases the band’s diversity with debut single ‘Beat Gets Louder’ leading the charge with its sexy jazz undertones followed by the pop-hook laced second single ‘Do Right’. Sparse, quietly emotional ballads (‘Your Town’, ‘Got You’) sit perfectly alongside classic alt-country rock-outs (‘Fast Train’, ‘Be Alright’) as the Rollin’ Wheel twists and turns but never strays off course – much like the rivers and roads Kimber often writes about.
Originally hailing from the mountain valleys of rural Victoria, Sal Kimber grew up in a musical family, and discovered her passion for songwriting at an early age. Her unique style has captured a strong following and garnered awards including the APRA Darebin Songwriting Award (2007) and the Victorian Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the Victorian & National Country Music Awards (2010).
“I’ve written music for as long as I can remember; my dad nurtured in me a love of storytelling and taught me about the real craft of building a song. When the band came together it really took things to another level for me creatively; Jacob co-wrote half of this album with me, and the songs were fine-tuned by playing them live. As a result, I think you can feel that dynamic full-band sound and energy in these tunes, even the quieter ballads.” Kimber said.
Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel has performed extensively across the country in raucous city bars, country pubs and everything in between. They’ve also played at over 30 festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, and the Mullum Music Festival. They’ve supported Kasey Chambers, Tim Rogers and Pieta Brown (USA) and enjoyed their first taste of international crowds during a Canadian tour last year.
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