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Australian artist Sal Kimber & her band The Rollin Wheel have recorded a new album 'Southern Light'. Help them to release the album
Australian artist Sal Kimber & her band The Rollin Wheel have recorded a new album 'Southern Light'. Help them to release the album
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Hey there lovely crew,

I have made a new record with my band 'The Rollin Wheel'. The new album has been a while in the making and a while in the waiting, but she is ready to share, we just need a little assistance in releasing it to the world.

We recorded our new album with magical producer Shane O'Mara in his mud brick home studio Yikesville (Yarraville Melbourne). We spent many a day and night writing, laughing, daggy dancing, recording, mixing, and collaborating to create a rich in production, rather emotive collection of songs that we have named 'Southern Light'. The album features a plethora of talented Australian musicians- including long time Rollin' Wheel members Catty Leahy on Drums and my sister Buffy Kimber on piano and keys, Richie Rose on Bass, D. A Calf and Shane Omara on guitars, Tully Sumner on sweet harmonies and talented guests Chris Parkinson (of The Yearlings), Rebecca Barnard, Louise Woodward, Ben Franz (of The Waifs) and more. 

Cat, Buffy, Sal and Shane in action
Cat, Buffy, Sal and Shane in action

We have already released and toured two tracks from the new album, 'Stumble In The Dark' and 'Hell & High Water', both songs were released to warm review (here is a video clip link to our first single Stumble in the Dark-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZt7nxgo5Zg) Both songs have gained National radio play, during November 'Hell and High Water' was on ABC radio's high rotation playlist and was chosen as the theme song for an Independent film called 'Rural Fire Tales.'

During 2016 we will be touring and sharing the new album live, majority of our shows will be in rural and remote Aus, because we LOVE and understand the importance of rural touring and its positive impact on Community. We will be releasing our new album and starting our album tour very soon, in Feb 2016, starting off with 9 shows in Victoria, 8 of which will be in country Vic.

This is the part where we need you! As an Independent band, we have self-funded many of the costs associated with the creation of the album so far, including recording, mixing, mastering and musician session fees, photography, graphic design, videography and touring and publicity for the first two singles. It feels like quite a vulnerable process to ask for assistance, but we genuinely need it for this next step of the journey..ok, so here goes... 

We would LOVE your support in raising a minimum of $8000 in just 20 days. These funds will go directly towards covering some of the costs associated with releasing and touring 'Southern Light' into the big wide world. Here is a breakdown of where the funds will go...

- Publicity. We have employed a top publicity crew to work with us on the album release and the promotion of our rural and urban AUS album tour. Cost of Publicity campaign: $5,500, of which we have already covered $2,500

- Video Clip creation for a new song, with talented Videographer Agostino Soldati: $1500

- Graphic Design and Illustration. Design of Album Art, Merchandise and Tour posters: $3000

If we reach our goal of $8000, the additional money raised here will go towards additional costs such as..

- Printing of the new album on CD and VINYL (first print of 1000 CD's, 300 VINYL): $5200

- Printing of the new merchandise: $1500

- Additional Publicity costs - community radio carts, beat and inpress adds, poster printing and distribution: $1300

- Touring - Interstate flights/petrol/musician fees/accommodation/hire van/pa hire//sound engineer fees: $large and ongoing, over $10,000

THANK YOU SO MUCH  for reading our story. Any sort of support is super appreciated. I hope you enjoy the rewards, especially the yoga sessions with our Mumma Kimber and Kimber Family cassettes- my sisters and I reluctantly offer these daggy recorded moments from our childhood - but they are too funny to keep in a closet forever. If you feel like sharing this with your friends and crew that would be awesome!

Any questions at all you can email me -  Sal Kimber on salkimber@gmail.comg

Big Love,

Sal and The Rollin Wheel

Risks and challenges

I have a number of friends who have had albums successfully supported thru crowdfunding platforms and I see them to be some of the most brave and talented of the bunch out there (there is currently a kickstarter happening right now for my friend ROSE COUSINS, go to her site and give her a kick too)
I have wanted to launch a campaign for my band for some time now but the truth be told is- I haven't felt that comfortable, asking for help, it is a whacky and vulnerable thing. I feel this is the riskiest part, for me, pressing the launch button on this Kickstarter - the rest is nearly done - the album is sounding sweet and the band is ready to roll. Thank you again for reading this far down the page, wherever you are from - Australia or a far off land, thank you for supporting Independent Australian Music, what a gorgeous community of musicians and music lovers we have down here under warm Southern Light.

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    Pledge AU$ 15 or more About $11

    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD IN ADVANCE

    Receive a digital download of the new album 'Southern Light' two weeks before it's official release
    + A BIG THANK YOU

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    CD + DIGITAL DOWLOAD IN ADVANCE

    Receive a copy of the new album 'Southern Light' on CD
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    SIGNED CD IN ADVANCE + POSTCARD

    Receive a signed copy of the new album 'Southern Light' on CD
    + a digital download in advance
    + a personalised (most likely very daggy) postcard from the road

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    VINYL + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD IN ADVANCE

    Receive a copy of the new album 'Southern Light' on VINYL. Our first ever pressing of VINYL. VINYL to arrive in the first weeks of Feb 2016
    + a digital download of the album two weeks before it's official release
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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $73

    KIMBER COLLECTION + NEW ALBUM IN ADVANCE

    Receive 2 copies of the new album 'Southern Light' on CD + a digital download in advance
    + a copy of Sal's previous releases (The Rollin Wheel', 'Sounds Like Thunder' & '2005 EP')
    + a cassette of Kimber family recordings from the 80's and early 90's (featuring hits such as 'The Chips were gone' & 'Our Mate Algae')
    + a cassette of Pa Kimber's album of 24 road sign songs
    + a copy of the secret Kimber family Dahl recipe

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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $109

    PRIVATE YOGA & MEDITATION CLASS WITH MUMMA KIMBER + NEW ALBUM IN ADVANCE

    Our Mum Jillian is a gorgeous yoga and meditation teacher and has been teaching since 1978, she guides a graceful and BIG hearted style of yoga. She invites you to come to her studio in Wangaratta for a 2 hour private session, followed by a big pot of warm tea (date and logistics to be organised between you, me and Jillian after purchase)
    + a copy of the new album on CD
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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $182

    COVER OF YOUR FAV SONG + NEW ALBUM IN ADVANCE

    Receive a cover of your favourite song, any artist, from James Taylor to New Kids on the Block, you choose the songs and we will record our own version just for you. Songs will be recorded in solo or duo mode and sent to you in digital download format (MP3) or CD
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    Pledge AU$ 300 or more About $219

    PRIVATE DRUM LESSON or JAM SESSION WITH CATTY OUR DRUMMER + TSHIRT + CD IN ADVANCE

    Book yourself or book your kid/partner or Mum in for a private 1.5 hour drum lesson or jam session in Melbourne with our much loved drummer Cat Leahy (date and logistics to be organised between you, me and Catty after purchase)
    + I LOVE THE DRUMMER tshirt
    + a copy of our new album on CD in advance

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $730

    A SONG WRITTEN FOR YOU (OR WITH YOU) + 3 COPIES OF NEW CD

    I will write you a song, on a topic of your choice. The song could be a story from your families history, or a dedication to a loved one. Spend an afternoon chatting with me over a pot of tea on the phone, via Skype, or in person if you can get yourself to North East Vic or Melbourne Australia. We can either write the song together in songwriting collaboration or I can write the song, completely your choice. I will then record and send you the song via digital download format (MP3) or CD
    + 3 copies of the new album on CD
    + a digital download in advance.
    Song to be written during 2016

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    HOUSE CONCERT - SAL SOLO OR DUO

    I will play an intimate show in your house/kitchen/caravan. I can play for you either solo or alongside a member of The Rollin Wheel. Includes PA and travel costs for shows within Vic/Southern NSW (date to take place in 2016, to be set together once purchased)
    + 5 copies of the new album on CD
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    Pledge AU$ 2,000 or more About $1,460

    SAL'S BANJO 'POLLY' + 3 NEW ALBUMS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Receive my gorgeous old timey open back banjo, fondly named Polly. Polly is a GOLD TONE White Laydie Plus with fisherman pickup and hard case. Polly was played on our last two albums, has toured around the world and has helped me write many a song. In great condition, almost a bit reluctant to let her go as we have lot of lovely history between us :)
    You also get 3 copies of the new album on CD + a digital download in advance
    "GOLD TONE's premier open back banjo, has remarkable tone and exquisite cosmetics. A White Ladye tone ring combined with a thin maple rim provides ample volume and a wonderful tone"
    Can be delivered before XMAS 2015 if backed before 18th Dec and living within the shores of Australia.
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    Pledge AU$ 2,500 or more About $1,825

    BUSH DANCE OF YOUR OWN

    I will call a Bush dance and bring a rollicking Bush band with me to your next Celebration. We will play up to 3 sets of Bush dances with the Hell & Toe and Strip the Willow guaranteed! Includes PA and travel costs for shows within Vic/Southern NSW Australia only, all other locations you are asked to cover PA and travel costs (date to take place in 2016, to be set together once purchased)
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    ROLLIN WHEEL BONANZA

    I will bring my five piece band The Rollin Wheel plus an awesome opening act with me when I come to your house/barn/local hall and play a show for you and your friends.
    Includes PA and travel costs for shows within Vic/Southern NSW Australia only, all other locations you are asked to cover PA and possible travel costs if not linked into a tour etc (date to take to be set together once purchased)
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