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by Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel
Feature Record for the week beginning Mon 10 Oct 2011
Sal Kimber is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging singer-songwriters. Based in inner Melbourne, Kimber has been quietly stealing hearts on the city’s live music scene for the past five years. But it was in 2008 that she really found her niche by forming alt-country band Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel (with older sister Beth Kimber, Jacob Cole, Cat Leahy and Trent McKenzie).
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).
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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