Sal Kimber is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging singer-songwriters. Based in inner Melbourne, Kimber has been quietly stealing hearts on Australia’s live music scene for the past seven 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 on keys and accordian, Cat Leahy on drums and Trent McKenzie on electric and double bass). With a familiar, warm and expressive voice – sometimes yearning, sometimes sensual, always believable, Sal Kimber and her band were named by Rolling Stone Magazine as ‘Australiana alt-country at its finest’.
With consistent rural and national touring, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel released their highly anticipated self-titled album in 2011, to warm acclaim. Produced by award winning producer Shane Omara’, the album has received national and international radio play, has featured on shows such as Packed to the Rafters, and amongst dongs received Rhythms Magazines ‘Readers choice album of the year’. The 13-song collection showcases the band’s diversity with ‘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) the Victorian Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the Victorian ∓ National Country Music Awards (2010) and the Apra Song of the Year at the Victoria ∓ National Country Music Awards (2012).
On banjo, guitars and vocals, Sal performs solo, duo, trio but most comfortably and most frequently with her talented band ‘The Rollin Wheel’. Sal has been a guest on SBS TV show Rockwiz, has supported the likes of Kasey Chambers and Tim Rogers and amongst things is a Bush dance caller. With a charismatic and fun style of calling, Sal can be found teaching the heel and toe in halls all around remote and urban Australia.