Sal Kimber and The Rollin' Wheel
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Sal Kimber and The Rollin' Wheel

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
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“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 - Richard Glover, ABC Sydney


“Sal Kimber is one of Australia’s best emerging songwriters. Watch this space or better still, just listen.” Gary Seven, RRR 102.7 FM - Gary Seven, RRR 102.7 FM


Opening the stage for The Verses was Sal Kimber, a Melbourne singer/songwriter who clearly had a few fanatics in the room. Kimber’s songs are distinctly Australian and she sings with such a flavour – with similarities here and there to the likes of The Waifs or Mia Dyson. Her gentle melodies and vocals amongst the twang of guitar and banjo demonstrated a perfect summer soundscape that you can’t help but like.
24th January 2009
Drawing on the distinct Australian mood, Kimber delivered a bevy of songs ranging from Jillaroos (women who would dress as men to be allowed to work on the land back in the day) and Elizabeth Scott (the first woman hanged in Australia) to more personal stories, like in No Shoes, which told the story of her grandfather returning from war a changed man. Each song utilised acoustic guitar, banjo or electric guitar for characterisation and along with her unique and subtle voice, it was hard to fault her or her ensemble at all. - Goat - http://www.fasterlouder.com.au


Discography

"Sounds Like Thunder" - 2008
"Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel - Oct 2011

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View the new live clip: http://www.youtube.com/therollinwheel

"This is Australiana-soaked alt-country at its finest". - Rolling Stone Magazine

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).

“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.

“Our Pick Of The Festival [was] Melbourne-based five-piece, Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel. Kimber has a way with words which run deep, her guitar and banjo prowess is simple and understated but so effective while behind her slide guitar, accordion, piano, bass and drums rumble and bounce menacingly and freely - these guys blew my mind and I left, each time, wanting more and more.”
Samuel J. Fell, Rhythms Mag, April 2010 (port fairy folk festival)

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.