JIM HERMEL - Biography


EARLY MUSICAL INFLUENCES:- Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, The Shadows, Duane Eddy. Hank Williams – Jimmie Rodgers – Tennessee Ernie Ford.

First Performance – Frankie Laine’s “Mule Train,” aged four. First professional Performance – Sept, 1961, aged fifteen.

1976 ‘STONE MOUNTAIN MUSIC.’ Big Jim Hermel & The Stone Mountain Band.
1978 ‘SON OF A WHISKEY DRINKIN’ GAMBLIN’ QUEEN.’ Big Jim Hermel & The Stone Mtn. Band
1983 ‘SOUTHERN BOOGIE.’ Jim Hermel & The Southern Boogie Band.
1986 ‘TEXAS JAM’ Jim Hermel (recorded in Austin, Texas.)
1989 ‘EYE OF THE EAGLE’ Red Buck
1999 ‘HIGHWAY TO RIDE’ Jim Hermel
2001 ‘NOTHING TO LOSE.’ Jim Hermel
2006 ‘WHITE LIGHTNING’ Black Cat Bone
2008 ‘KEEP-ROCKIN’’ Jim Hermel & The Hot Chix
2009 ‘GOLDEN MILE’ Runaway Dixie *
2013 ‘RUNAWAY DIXIE BREAKDOWN’ Runaway Dixie *
2013 ‘LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL’ Jim Hermel & The Hot Chix
2015 ‘BAYOU QUEEN’ Runaway Dixie *
2016 ‘HONKY TONK, BOOGIE, & BLUES’ Jim Hermel & The Hot Chix
2016 ‘POOR MAN’S GOLD’ Runaway Dixie *
2018 'FACE THE WIND' Runaway Dixie *

* Runaway Dixie are 4 x Finalists in the Golden Guitar Awards of Australia.

Like most genuinely talented recording artists, Jim Hermel’s rise to success was no overnight occurrence. As lead guitarist with the top Adelaide band, “Nozmo King,” Jim performed at the top Clubs, and Venues, in Adelaide and South Australia, appeared regularly on the Saturday morning teen-age music television shows, and the top night-time variety shows of the day, “Adelaide Tonight,” “The Ernie Sigley Show,” and the popular “Telethons.” Considered one of the finest guitarists around, he was soon backing lead guitarist to Australia’s top recording stars, John Farnham, Billy Thorpe, Ronnie Burns, Denise Drysdale, Marty Rhone, etc., on concert tours early in their careers, and later graduated to a session musician on records and television commercials. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Jim emerged as a recording and concert star in his own right, as vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. Three albums recorded at that time were all widely acclaimed, receiving national and international air-play.
In the late 1980’s, early ’90’s, Jim fronted a band, “Red Buck, (story of origin included below..,) which the Australian government commissioned as part of the A.I.D.S. Awareness program where the band performed at every prison, and every Aboriginal community throughout the state of South Australia, and then medical officers would give lectures on the dangers, and avoidance, of A.I.D.S.

In 1980 Jim toured the United States, performing at most of the top Clubs in Nashville, Tennessee, including an appearance on the same show as legendary rocker, Jerry Lee Lewis at the “Jerry Lee Lewis Showroom,” in famous Printer’s Alley, Nashville. In 1986 Jim again toured America, being based for three months in Austin, Texas, performing at the top venues in Austin, including appearances in Austin’s Sixth Street, the home of “Texas Blues,” and former “haunt” of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. Whilst in Austin Jim recorded his fourth album, “Texas Jam,” which was featured in a “live-cross” to the recording studio during the television Six O’Clock News. Jim also appeared on the main stage of the San Antonio Big River Festival, an annual event which attracted 100,000 people, appeared on the top Saturday night cable television variety show, “Citizens Live,” and performed concerts throughout the state of Texas, including an appearance with Willie Nelson’s band, and recording with Kris Kristofferson’s band. It was through this connection that Jim formed a band with Willie Nelson’s then bass-player, the late Chris Ethridge…, (ex-Flying Burrito Brothers, Clarence White, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris.)
In 1991 Jim again toured the United States, this time as male lead vocalist/lead guitarist with the band, “Red Buck.” On this tour he again performed at the Big River Festival, performed for the Desert Storm troops at the U.S. Army Base at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, appeared on NBC Television, performed in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, many venues in Arizona, and featured in a 30 minute documentary for U.S. television.
In 1993 Jim was again with “Red Buck” when the band became the first western rock band in the world to perform in communist Laos, and the first band to perform in Vietnam since the Vietnam War. All eleven concerts of South East Asia were “sell-outs” with the Hanoi daily paper reporting that “the Australian band Red Buck’s two concerts at the Red Army Stadium (the biggest stadium in Hanoi) were sold out within hours, leaving many thousands of fans disappointed. The band could have filled the stadium for weeks!!” This tour of S.E. Asia also saw Red Buck become the first Australian band to perform at the famous Hard Rock Café in Bangkok, Thailand. In 1994 the band was invited back to perform at the Hard Rock Café due to the success of the 1993 appearance.
On this trip Red Buck also performed a two week “season” at the prestigious Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bangkok.

After a drought of 15 years Jim released a 12 track Cd of all original country, country rock and blues, written by South Australian songwriter Craig Roberts. The album, “Highway to Ride” was recorded in 1999 using some of the finest session musicians in Australia. A year later a five track Cd was released entitled “The Ballad of Creswick Mine,” and in 2001 another Cd, “Nothing To Lose,” (15 tracks, again all written by Craig Roberts,) featuring Jim’s unique brand of southern country rock, was released.

In 2000 Jim re-formed the classic rock, rhythm & blues band, ‘BLACK CAT BONE,’ with original band members Bruce Benham, (bass,) and Dave Brogden, (drums,) “Black Cat Bone,” originally formed in 1988, performed around Adelaide and South Australia off and on for seven years, and Bruce and Dave were also often in “Red Buck.” “Red Buck,” (named after the red buck kangaroo,) was the name used when the band went to 5 piece for special projects of touring, recording, or film-making. Black Cat Bone released two Cd’s, (a live album, “Lightning Strikes Twice,” and a studio album, “White Lightning.”)

In 2004 Jim married Virginia Coad, a fellow professional musician whom he’d met when they were both working at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1998. Jim and Virginia were married on the Quorn Railway Station in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia in March of 2004, and honeymooned in the United States in May, 2004. On that tour Jim and Virginia performed concerts in Arizona and Tennessee.

Jim’s last U.S.A. tour was with Virginia, and Virginia’s brother Peter and sister Lynette, fellow musicians, and performances include The Smith Family Theatre, live broadcast from Radio Nashville, The Dragoon Saloon, Tombstone, Arizona.

Jim Hermel’s latest two Cd albums (both released in 2016,) are “Honky Tonk, Boogie, & Blues,” (Jim Hermel and the Hot Chix,) and “Poor Man’s Gold,” (Runaway Dixie.)

Jim is busier than ever performing at Festivals and Concerts as Jim Hermel & The Hot Chix, or as Runaway Dixie, and also performing as Special Guest on the Peter Coad & The Coad Sisters concerts.

Jim Hermel was inducted into the Tamworth, Australia, ‘HANDS OF FAME,’ IN 2009.

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Two of Australia's veteran long time full time touring artists sisters Virginia and Lynette Coad take on the psuedonym of 'The Hot Chix' for this act.

Both deadly multi-musicians with pure, well defined lead and harmony vocals, Virginia & Lynette are strong seasoned performers.

The title 'The Hot Chix' was suggested by a fan at one of their first concerts with Jim performing the old Rock 'n' Roll.

When it came to choosing a band name, everyone laughing tossed round the suggestion 'The Hot Chix'..... The name stuck!!

Virginia and Lynette are involved in many bands and continue to perform in most of them between shows by Jim Hermel & The Hot Chix.

Multi-recording artists, with an huge library of albums behind them, both Virginia and Lynette are no stranger to awards and accolades for their work.
Both have pages on