Biography


RUNAWAY DIXIE

About the Trio…

RUNAWAY DIXIE (Short Bio)

When three of Australia’s most versatile musicians/fulltime entertainers step on to a stage together, you have to expect an exciting performance.
Such is the case with RUNAWAY DIXIE featuring VIRGINIA and LYNETTE COAD and JIM HERMEL.

The RUNAWAY DIXIE band officially formed in early 2009 and their first album was released in 2009.

RUNAWAY DIXIE have released four albums, and were nominees in the 2016 and 2017 GOLDEN GUITAR AWARDS OF AUSTRALIA.
(2016 'Bluegrass Recording Of The Year' with an original 'Lonesome & Blue' from their 'Bayou Queen' album and in the 2017 'Instrumental Of The Year' with their original instrumental 'Roundabout' from their current 'Poor Man's Gold' album.)

The group has also achieved several TSA Songwriting Awards for their original material.

RUNAWAY DIXIE covers a broad spectrum of music from traditional Bluegrass & Gospel, to vibrant Country classics, along with their own original material.

In May 2017, RUNAWAY DIXIE represented Australia at the Mississippi State Bi-Centennial Celebrations as part of the Jimmie Rodgers Festival in Meridian, Mississippi USA.

The combination of Jim's driving vocals and the girls dynamic vocals and harmonies, along with their multi-instrumental skills make RUNAWAY DIXIE a dynamic “must see” act!

 



RUNAWAY DIXIE (Long Bio)

When three of Australia’s most versatile musicians/fulltime entertainers step on to a stage together, you have to expect an exciting performance.
Such is the case with RUNAWAY DIXIE featuring VIRGINIA and LYNETTE COAD and JIM HERMEL.
The RUNAWAY DIXIE band officially formed in early 2009 and their first album was released in 2009.

JIM HERMEL

JIM HERMEL is no stranger to the Australian Country music world with a career spanning 40 years, numerous bands, and many overseas tours. Highlights of his overseas tours include performing with Jerry Lee Lewis at the Jerry Lee Lewis Showroom, Nashville, Tenn. in 1980.
Along with his well known Country and Country Rock style as a dynamic vocalist and lead guitarist, Jim also plays banjo and has a deep love and appreciation for Bluegrass and Gospel and the forming of the trio with Virginia and Lynette Coad has given him the opportunity to explore this field with much success.

VIRGINIA & LYNETTE COAD

Both fulltime entertainers and successful artists in their own right, Virginia & Lynette are no strangers to Australian Country Music.
Their appreciation for Gospel, Bluegrass, and Classic traditional country music, along with being award winning songwriters, versatile multi-instrumentalists, also being two of the most diverse and dynamic lead and harmony vocalists in Australia today, completes the combination with JIM HERMEL as one of the most dynamic Bluegrass/Gospel/ & Country Music Trio entertainment packages in Australia.

THEIR ACT

RUNAWAY DIXIE covers a broad spectrum of music from traditional Bluegrass & Gospel, to vibrant Country classics, and their own original material.
The combination of Jim's driving vocals and the girls dynamic vocals and harmonies, along with their multi-instrumental skills make them a dynamic “must see” act!

AUSTRALIAN PERFORMANCES

Regular concert tours throughout Vic., N.S.W., Qld, & S.A.
Festival appearances include:- Marilyn's Country Muster - Smoky Bay SA, Tamworth Country Music Festival (annual concert show), Boyup Brook Festival WA, Bunbury Country Music Festival WA, Leeton CMF NSW, Barooga CMF, Tooleybuc CMF, Camooweal Drovers Festival QLD, Nanango CMF, Corowa CMF Vic. Laura CMF SA, and many more.

INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES

RUNAWAY DIXIE represented Australia in the USA in Meridian, Mississippi, as part of the Mississippi State Bi-Centennial Celebrations, which were held in conjunction with the Jimmie Rodgers Festival in May 2017.
Appearances included major exposure via Mississippi Television, Radio and Newspapers.
Performances at the event included appearing at the Peavey Auditorium, Meridian, Mississippi.



2016 & 2017 GOLDEN GUITAR AWARDS OF AUSTRALIA nominees:-

2016 'Bluegrass Recording Of The Year' with an original 'Lonesome & Blue' from their 'Bayou Queen' album.

2017 'Instrumental Of The Year' with their original instrumental 'Roundabout' from their 'Poor Man's Gold' album.


RUNAWAY DIXIE have released 4 albums.

'Golden Mile' (2009)

(Title track 'Golden Mile' winner of "TSA Gospel Song Of The Year" 2010)

'Breakdown' (2013)
(TSA Finalist tracks)

'Bayou Queen' (2015)
('Golden Bridge' 2016 TSA "Gospel Song Of The Year" winner )
(2016 Golden Guitar Awards - Bluegrass Recording of the Year Finalist - 'Lonesome and Blue')

'Poor Man's Gold (Late October 2016 on Digital release & Hard copy November 2016)
(2017 Golden Guitar Awards - Instrumental Of The Year finalist - 'Roundabout'.)



RUNAWAY DIXIE - FINALISTS/ WINNERS in all AWARDS


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TSA TSA GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR 'Golden Mile' (V & J Hermel)

2016 CMAA GOLDEN GUITAR FINALIST

2016 GMMA GROUP OF THE YEAR FINALIST
2016 TSA GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR 'Golden Bridge' ( Virginia Hermel (Coad) >

2017 GMMA GROUP OF THE YEAR WINNER
2017 CMAA GOLDEN GUITAR FINALIST









Who plays what ?

JIM HERMEL — Vocals/Banjo/Slide, Rhythm, & Electric Lead Guitar/Blues Harmonica.

VIRGINIA COAD — Vocals/Harmonies/Lead Acoustic and Rhythm
Guitar/’Fiddle’/Mandolin/Piano/Dobro/Lapsteel/Accordion.

LYNETTE COAD — Harmonies/Harmonica/Bass/Drums.

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