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COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2023!!!!!
RUNAWAY DIXIE are BACK in January at the Tamworth CMF 2023!!!
Joining us on the day will be SPECIAL GUESTS - OWEN BLUNDELL
& ANGUS GILL.
Grab a $20 ticket (on the door on the day) or grab a early bird discount
ticket @$18 right now from trybooking.com!!
to see you there!!!!!!!!
you purchase a ticket but then can't get to Tamworth we can refund
via the trybooking site.
Australian Country Music PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We were completely blown away to receive an email from the organiser
this evening saying the 'BEST SONG AWARD went to 'When Only Real
Country Will Do' written by band member Virginia Hermel recorded
by Runaway Dixie!!!!!!
We are totally rapt!!!!! Thanks SO MUCH to ALL who voted for the
song !!!! Just so stoked!!
The track is from the latest Runaway Dixie album 'Ticket To Mars'!!!!!!
Runaway Dixie were unable to attend the Australian Country Music
People's Choice Awards held in Tamworth in April.
Thank you SO much to the Australian Country Music People's Choice
Awards and all who support Runaway Dixie music!!!!!
This is an award voted for by the public so a very valued award
indeed!!!! Thanks so much everyone!!!!!!!
Jim, Virginia & Lynette
SINGLE - 25th of JANUARY 2022
released via CRS Publicity
DIXIE - CAN'T YOU HEAR ME CALLIN' -
Performing and recording originals and covers in
both bluegrass and electric country continues to be a popular format
for Runaway Dixie and the trio’s latest radio single is a
timeless bluegrass classic, “Can’t You Hear Me Callin'"
written by Bill Monroe.
Taken from their 6th Runaway Dixie album - 'Ticket
To Mars' released in May 2021, the track features Runaway Dixie
band members Virginia on lead vocals, acoustic guitar work and a
sprinkle of mandolin, complimented by banjo picking from Jim, along
with bass, and drums from Lynette topped off by group harmony vocal
you so much to all for your radio airplay of our music.” -
PRESENTERS wishing to obtain the track can go via this link for
all the details :)
PUBLICITY link for song
See the Website
Index List for Digital or Hard copy product links.
TRACKS OFF 'TICKET TO MARS' FINALISTS IN 2022 TSA AWARDS!
to see 2 songs from our latest album 'Ticket To Mars' written by
band member - Virginia Hermel & also Jim Hermel being shortlisted
into the Top 5 of 2 sections in the 2022 TSA Awards!
BLUEGRASS -TSA Song of the Year:-
Coming Home – Virginia Hermel
COMEDY NOVELTY- The Geoff Mack Commemorative Award:-
I’m Getting Off the World ( at the next Stop) –
Virginia Hermel, Jim Hermel
A full listing of all finalists in these sections and all sections
can be found via https://www.tsaonline.com.au/2021-contest-results/
Congrats to all Finalists!
5 "BEST SONG" FINALIST!!
'When Only Real Country Will Do' is a TOP 5 FINALIST in
the BEST SONG section of the 2021/2022 AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY MUSIC
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS!!
Thank you HEAPS to all for your support of the song.
'When Only Real Country Will Do' was written by RUNAWAY DIXIE band
member Virginia Hermel and recorded on the RUNAWAY DIXIE 'Ticket
To Mars' CD (released in May 2021).
RUNAWAY DIXIE are totally thrilled to see the song announced as
a TOP 5 FINALIST in these awards!!
The 2022 Award Winners will be announced during the gala Awards
presentation at Tamworth.
Venue/ticket info and all finalists in the awards on the link.
Congratulations and good luck to all other finalists in the BEST
SONG section and the other sections.
Terrific news!!! Thanks again everyone!!!
TSA (Tamworth Songwriters Assoc.) Awards.
to see 4 songs 'Please Don't go', 'Coming Home', 'I'm getting off
the world at the next stop', and 'Clickety Clack' from our Runaway
Dixie album 'Ticket to Mars' attain Semi Finalists spots
in the 2021 TSA Tamworth Songwriters' Awards.
These songs were written by band member Virginia Hermel with a co-write
with band member Jim Hermel on ''I'm getting off the world at the
INTO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY 2022??
DIXIE will be performing a spot as part of the 'COUNTRY
& ROCK 'n' ROLL MUSIC ROAD SHOW' at the Mataranka Territory
Manor Motel & Caravan Park 5 nights a week from the 1st
of June to the 31st of July 2022, so if you are out on
the road come along and see the show!
More info via our website
CDS via Digital download - info
you are wishing to purchase our digital product please purchase
via our website Digital Download Link.
Our DESERT RECORDS PRODUCT website (linked to our website for digital
downloads) is owned and operated 100% by ourselves and 100% sales
payment (after the sale Paypal fee) is paid to us.
Hard copy albums are also available as on this website.
All 6 Runaway Dixie album releases are available via our website.
See the Website Index
List for Digital or Hard copy product links.
RADIO SINGLE -
Available on 27th of July 2021!
RUNAWAY DIXIE released a new radio single 'When
Only Real Country Will Do', on Tuesday 27th of
July through CRS Publicity.
CRS PUBLICITY website LINK
If you wish to have a listen to a short snippet, or if you are a
radio presenter wishing to obtain a copy of the track for airplay
head over to
'When Only Real Country Will Do' is from the new
RUNAWAY DIXIE album 'Ticket To Mars' and features
band member Jim Hermel on lead vocals.
The single is available on the hard copy album Ticket To Mars or
via Digital download of Ticket To Mars (choose the whole album or
an individual track)
more information on 'Ticket To Mars' check
TO MARS - HARD COPY
TO MARS - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
(Album/or Individual track download available)
ALBUM - OUT NOW!
The new album
'Ticket To Mars' is out now!
Hard Copy version
released officially on the 16th of May 2021.
to our CD page to check out the new album.
(June 28th) - The album is also available in digital download format
More information via
Thank you for
your support of our music.
RADIO SINGLE! - 'COMING HOME'
radio single titled 'COMING HOME' will be released to radio Tuesday
20th of April 2021 via CRS Publicity!
Written by RUNAWAY DIXIE band member Virginia Hermel the radio single
will also be released on the 20th of April 2021 via our
website for digital download as well.
This will be the 2nd single from the forthcoming album for RUNAWAY
The 1st single 'Southern Rose' was released in 2020.
The new album TICKET TO MARS will be released MAY 2021.
ALBUM - TICKET TO MARS
out MAY 2021!!
ALBUM - TICKET TO MARS - NEARLY HERE!
6th album from RUNAWAY DIXIE - TICKET TO MARS is due out officially
in MAY 2021!
new album was ear marked to be finished and released in late 2020,
but with COVID-19 and border closures, putting our recording and
touring into 'standby' the album release was held off until 2021.
released a single 'Southern Rose' in 2020 which did very well on
Now that shows and events are starting to happen again, it's time
to get new RUNAWAY DIXIE music out there!!
may have the hard copy albums sooner than May, but that depends
on the production turnaround so at this stage we will say the official
release month will be May!
album will be available for digital download soon through our website,
so stay tuned for more news re that.
15 tracks include songs ranging from originals and covers in 'down
to earth' acoustic bluegrass, to dynamic electric country / country
rock in the typical representation of the RUNAWAY DIXIE band on
are 6 new originals, one of which is the title track 'TICKET TO
MARS' which is a guitar instrumental featuring a Fender L Series
1965 Stratocaster (the cover artwork incorporates pictures into
the design of all intruments used on the album).
TO MARS includes the single 'Southern Rose' released in 2020, along
with a re recording of a duet song that was recorded many years
ago on a separate recording project.
tuned for more information re the TICKET TO MARS album release via
our website and our RUNAWAY
DIXIE Facebook page :)
PREVIOUS NEWS ITEMS
SINGLE - SOUTHERN ROSE
Thursday 24th of September 2020 by Runaway Dixie
as a digital download single via Runaway Dixie's Desert Records
Digital Download site, 'Southern Rose' is a heartfelt ballad written
by band member Virginia Hermel and presented in traditional bluegrass
style by Runaway Dixie.
Band members, Jim and Virginia Hermel share the lead vocals on 'Southern
The single is from a forthcoming 6th album for Runaway Dixie.
'Southern Rose' is available
to radio via CRS Publicity on the 29th of September 2020.
TSA AWARDS for 'RED FLOWERS' & 'WHAT I DID' !!!
current 15 track RUNAWAY DIXIE album ‘FACE THE WIND’
features TSA (Tamworth Songwriters Association)
WINNERS ‘WHAT I DID’ - BLUEGRASS SONG OF THE YEAR’
and ‘RED FLOWERS’ - TRADITIONAL COUNTRY SONG
OF THE YEAR’ along with 2 TSA Semi-Finalists
‘Walk Beside Me’, and ‘Meant To Be’ all
written by Runaway Dixie band member Virginia Hermel.
A huge thank you to all for your support of RUNAWAY DIXIE music.
We look forward to catching up at Shows & Festivals soon!
SINGLE - RED FLOWERS!
RUNAWAY DIXIE –
Taken from the current RUNAWAY
DIXIE album 'FACE THE WIND' the radio single was released 8.10.19
via the CRS Digital Distribution Download network to the radio world.
Written by band member Virginia
Hermel ‘Red Flowers’ is presented in Runaway Dixie bluegrass
style and features Virginia on lead vocals.
The track is available in individual
Digital download via our website or of course as part of the FACE
THE WIND hard copy album (also available on this site and via events
RUNAWAY DIXIE is performing at).