JIM HERMEL and Black Cat Bone

Jim at Dog and Ute Hotel Callington Aug 2005


Jim Hermel  is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter  who first recorded in the late 70ís and early 80ís.  He has toured the US and SE Asia several times, fronting the band Red Buck.  Few performers have worked in the outback as much as Jim:- Camel cups, outback race meetings, rodeos, festivals and concerts he has performed at them all, and in remote communities in every mainland state.

Jim is a dynamic performer whose act includes vocals, lead guitar and harmonica, and features a wide variety of styles country, country rock, blues, and rock and roll. After an absence from the recording scene of several years Jim has released two albums featuring the songs of SA songwriter Craig Roberts, Highway to Ride and The Ballad of Cresswell Mine.

Craig Roberts, songwriter, base guitarist.

Often works with Jim.

He has written many of the songs Jim does.




Mike Vandeleur, drummer,

Often works with Jim.

Jim at Hugos Place May 2005

All photos by I Fisk

Black Cat Bone

Premier Adelaide band, BLACK CAT BONE, has toured across three continents since its formation in the late 1980's.

Apart from touring Australia, the band toured the United States of America after being invited to perform on the main stage of the famous Big River Festival in San Antonio, Texas in 1991. This "coast to coast" tour saw the band perform in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, several other venues in San Antonia, many appearances in Arizona including performances at several Indian reservations, a performance at Fort Huachuca for the US Desert Storm troops, appearances on NBC television, the making of a 30 minute documentary for US television and many radio interviews.

In 1993 the band became the first western band in the world to perform in communist Laos and Vietnam since the Vietnam War, and became the first Australian band to perform at the famous Hard Rock Café in Bangkok. The band gave 11 concerts on this tour, playing to packed houses and filling Hanoi's biggest stadium the Red Army Stadium, on 2 consecutive nights. The Hanoi Daily newspaper reported that "the two concerts at the Red Army Stadium were sold out within two hours leaving many thousands of fans disappointed, the Band could have filled the Stadium for weeks".

In 1994, the band was invited back to the Hard Rock Café in Bangkok due to the success of the previous year, and this time it performed a 2 week season at the prestigious Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel as well.

BLACK CAT BONE has supported the international blues stars Lonnie Brooks and Charlie Musselwhite ( both stars of the film BLUES BROTHERS 2000) when they toured Australia.

BLACK CAT BONE features dynamic up-tempo rock, boogie and blued music, with Jim Hermel on vocals, lead/slide guitar and blues harmonica, Bruce Benham on bass guitar and Dave Brogden on drums.

Jim can be contacted on (08) 8260 3062

or Email

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