Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Slow-Burner Album Shines

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Slow-Burner Album Shines

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Tammy Lewis


SAL Kimber and The Rollin' Wheel has reached the next thrilling chapter in its book of group adventures.

Late last year they journeyed on an east coast tour, sharing their music with many fans.

Now the group has even more exciting news as it gears up to perform at the 2014 Agnes Blues & Roots Festival at the end of the month.

This week The Observer asks Sal a few questions in a Q&A.

"Thanks for having us play," Sal says.

"Looking forward to the weather and music up there in Agnes Bay."

Q -- Tell us about your third album -- any difference to your first and second?

A -- The first two albums were recorded over short time frames.

This album is a slow burner when it comes to the recording process; we have been writing and recording on and off all summer and we will be writing and recording for a few months to come.

It's fun, it feels a little like making a painting, bringing a new song to the studio every couple of weeks to play around with.

Buffy (Beth, my sister) and I have been writing a lot of songs together, so there are a number of piano-heavy ballads that give a different feel to our sound which I love.

We are definitely excited about this album

Q -- Who would you class as your top five heroes in the music biz?

A -- Bruce Springsteen -- who else plays three-and-a-half-hour sets, night after night? Patty Griffin, Dolly Parton, Shane Howard.

Q -- Who has been your favourite artist to perform with and why?

A -- Possibly Kasey Chambers. We toured with her a few years back, she is one of the most down-to-earth musicians I have met.

She sat side of stage and watched our support slot every night, and then stayed after the show and signed albums and talked to fans for hours, after every show.

She has a killer sense of humour and is a bloody amazing songwriter; she can write pop and she can write roots. …

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