You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician that has been working harder than Shaun Kirk over the past few years. Steer the Wheel, a majority crowdfunded record, is a stunning full band affair this time around, featuring the talents of Danny McKenna and Grant Cummerford as Kirk’s rhythm section.
On previous albums, Kirk has built up the acoustic one-man band sound but on Steer the Wheel the sound is very subdued, with more electric blues at play this time. Kicking off with ‘Give to the Needy’, you are directly thrown into the groove and within the first thirty seconds you are captured in the new sound that Kirk has been working tirelessly on over the past few years.
The last time that Kirk ventured to Geelong we all heard the tracks ‘Find Me a Lady’ and ‘Blues for My Birthday’, which make their studio debut on Steer the Wheel. It’s a rocking band feel with electric piano and banjos, and lead guitar from Jed Cardwell.
Lyrics and songwriting have always been something that Kirk has worked on and he has really hit the mark with this release. Although there isn’t a Geelong show on this current, he is playing all around Australia so make sure you head down if he is in your neck of the woods.
Although some may not be instantly converted by the new sounds that Kirk is throwing down, it’s worth giving it a chance because this is by far the most ambitious record to date, and something that Kirk should be incredibly proud of.
Release: out now via independent release
Written by Tex Miller