Jim HERMEL (2009)
1945 – Born on the 30th
December, at Hindmarsh, (inner suburb of Adelaide,
1949 - First performance,
influences were Little Richard, Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Shadows,
Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers.
1961 - First professional
performance at aged fifteen.
Early 1970’s - backing lead
guitarist to Australia's top recording stars, John Farnham,
Billy Thorpe, Ronnie Burns, Denise Drysdale, 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. Started touring Australia
which he continues to do.
Late 1970’s - 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
1976 - Released the album
“STONE MOUNTAIN MUSIC” with The Stone Mountain Band.
1978 – Released the album “SON
OF A WHISKEY DRINKIN’ GAMBLIN’ QUEEN” with The Stone Mountain
1980 – Toured the
(Performed with Jerry Lee Lewis at the Jerry Lee Lewis Showroom
1983 – Released the album
“SOUTHERN BOOGIE” with The Southern Boogie Band.
1986 – Released the album
“TEXAS JAM” Jim Hermel (recorded in Austin,
with performances at the famous Big River Festival San Antonio
Texas, an annual event which attracts 100,000 people. Featured
on the Six O’Clock News with a live cross as he recorded the
album ‘Texas Jam’.
the top Saturday Night cable television variety show, "Citizen's
Live" and performed concerts throughout the state of
The first Australian invited by the Apache Council of Arizona to
perform at American Indian reservations which included Forte
Apache & Peach Springs Reservation (Arizona).
1988 - Formed the group "Black
Cat Bone," with Bruce Benham, (bass), and Dave Brogden, (Drums).
They performed around Adelaide
and South Australia
off and on for 7 years, and Bruce and Dave were also often in
"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" is still a
working, performing band, with 2 cd's to date, a live album,
(Lightning Strikes Twice,) and a studio album, (White
1989 – Released the album “EYE OF THE
EAGLE,” with Red Buck,
1991 – Toured the
(Performances included appearing on the famous Big River
Festival San Antonio Texas. Performed for the
Desert Storm Troops at
1993 – Toured
South East Asia
with "Red Buck". The first western band in the world to perform
in communist Laos
and the first western band to perform in Vietnam
since the war. All eleven concerts of
South East Asia
were 'sellouts' with the
daily paper reporting that "Australian band Red Buck's two
concerts at the Red Army Stadium (the biggest stadium in
were sold out within two hours, leaving many thousands of fans
disappointed”. First Australian to perform at
Hard Rock Café.
1994 – Toured
South East Asia
and invited again to perform at
Hard Rock Café. Plus a two season at the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza
1999 – After a drought of 15
years Jim released a 12 track CD of entirely 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.
2000 – Inducted into the Hands
Of Fame in Barmera SA. A five track cd was released entitled
"The Ballad Of Creswick Mine". Jim re-formed the classic rock,
rhythm & blues band, 'BLACK CAT BONE,' with original band
members Bruce Benham, (bass), and Dave Brogden, (Drums.)
2001 – Released the album
“NOTHING TO LOSE”. 15 tracks, (all written by Craig Roberts,)
featuring Jim's unique brand of southern country rock.
2004 – Released the album
“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE,” with Black Cat Bone. Jim married
Virginia Coad, a fellow professional musician whom he'd met when
they were both working at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1988.
Toured the United States
in May, performing at concerts in
2006 – Released the album
“WHITE LIGHTNING,” Black Cat Bone.
2008 – Released the album “KEEP
A-ROCKIN’ Jim Hermel and The Hot Chix, working in conjunction
with Virginia & Lynette Coad which features all classic 1950’s
Rock ‘n’ Roll songs.
2009 – Inducted into the
Hands of Fame during the
((((((((((Jim Hermel and the Coad Sisters) released the album
“GOLDEN MILE” .
Songwriters Awards. Gospel Song Of The Year – GOLDEN MILE.