Normally if you breathe the words “country-alt” into my ears, you’ll cop a reaction like this. But Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel pulled in a couple of dancing geriatrics with some intoxicating 60s jazz realness and next thing you know, I’m swooning.
Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Sal Kimber has been on the up-and-coming for five years now but it wasn’t until 2008 when she formed this alt-country band that light bulbs started going off. Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel is made up of Sal’s older sister Beth Kimber, Jacob Cole, Cat Leahy and Trent McKenzie and together they’ve supported the likes of Kasey Chambers, Tim Rogers and Pieta Brown on tour. Better yet, they’ll be heading up their own nation-wide tour in October in support of their new album – deets after the jump.
Meanwhile, check out the video for their new single ‘Beat Gets Louder’ because this has breakout potential etched all over:
The band’s self-titled debut album will drop in October and it’s set to show off an array of country-alternative and pop influences. The aforementioned ‘Beat Gets Louder’ smokes up some soulful undertones while its follow up ‘Do Right’ serves a sultry hook that basically leaves you feeling like Nashville Duffy just entered the bar- and I do mean that as a compliment.
Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel has announced the following tour dates to launch their album. Be sure to catch them here:
14 October – Basement Disks, Melbourne (in-store appearance)
14 October – New Market Hotel, Bendigo
16 October – The Vine Hotel, Wangaratta
22 October – The East Brunswick Club, East Brunswick
27 October – The Phoenix Pub, Canberra
28 October – Thank God It’s Friday appearance (ABC Studios), Ultimo.
29 October – Camelot Lounge, Marrickville
30 October – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba
3 November – Malt Market, Dunsborough
4 November – Railway Hotel, Fremantle
11 November – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide
12 November – The Loft, Warnambool
13 November – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat
18 November – Pipinghot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove
19 November – Shine On Festival, Pyrenees Ranges
24 November – Beetle Bar, Brisbane
25-27 November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby
3 December – Grand Poobah, Hobart
Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel will drop their debut album (pictured above) on 14 October. Grab the amazing ‘Beat Gets Louder’ on iTunes here.