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.
TITLES AND DATES OF RELEASE
OF ALBUMS and Cd’s.
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
1986 ‘TEXAS JAM’ Jim Hermel (recorded in Austin,
1989 ‘EYE OF THE EAGLE’ Red Buck
1999 ‘HIGHWAY TO RIDE’ Jim Hermel
2001 ‘NOTHING TO LOSE.’ Jim Hermel
2004 ‘LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE’ Black Cat Bone
2006 ‘WHITE LIGHTNING’ Black Cat Bone
2008 ‘KEEP-ROCKIN’’ Jim Hermel & The Hot
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
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
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.
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
Other band website www.runawaydixie.com
or look Jim up via Facebook.com
THE HOT CHIX
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 Facebook.