Band Guys & Barflies

by Heather (1974, live at Alexander's)

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"Where were you on November 19th, 1974?" That's the question my longtime friend and ex-bandmate, De Stewart, greeted me with, one recent afternoon. Like I'd have any idea. It was, after all, the '70s. If you remember them, the old saying goes, you probably didn't live them.

Well, it turns out I was making music, on-stage with "Heather", at Alexander's, a popular nightclub...okay, a bar...in Cincinnati, Ohio, just off the University of Cincinnati campus. And how did De know this? Because he'd recently stumbled upon a recording of that night's four-set performance...conscientiously labeled with the date and venue. (We were nothing, back then, if not O-C about our musical endeavors.)

Seriously? A 42-year-old recording of Heather, live? A pair of microphones set up in a bar, recorded on a two-track, stereo cassette. That's it. Talk about capturing a band "raw". It doesn't get any more raw than this. And, guess what? That tape, and that performance, wasn't half-bad. In fact, it was pretty damn good!

Was it perfect? Heck, no. Two microphones in a bar, remember? And, yes, we committed a few of our own musical faux pas, throughout the night. But it did capture the essence of a live Heather performance, back in "the day".

And, so, courtesy of five band guys playing for a small crowd of barflies, travel back with me to November 19, 1974...a sampling of songs from Heather, live. Let the nostalgia begin.

Enjoy...

Jack Nimersheim...September 15, 2016

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released September 15, 2016

Heather, circa, 1974:
Jim Gaines - guitar, pedal steel, vocals
Ron Sachs - guitar, harmonica, vocals
De Stewart - guitar, bass, saxophone, vocals
Jack Nimersheim - guitar, bass, vocals
Ron Baumgartner - drums, vocals

"Teach Your Children" © 1970, Graham Nash
"Sundown" © 1974, Gordon Lightfoot
"Sweet Home Alabama" © 1974, Ed King
"One A.M." © 1971, Paul Parrish
"Lost in the Ozone" © 1971, Billy C. Farlow
"Listen to a Country Song" © 1971, Jim Messina and Al Garth
"For What It's Worth" © 1966, Stephen Stills
"Witchy Woman" © 1972, Don Henley and Bernie Leadon
"Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother" © 1972, Ray Wylie Hubbard
"Colorado Suite" © 1973, Heather
"I've Been Waiting for You" © 1968, Neil Young
"Rainmaker" © 1968 Harry Nillson & Bill Martin
"Ohio" © 1970, Neil Young
"Jesus Is Just Alright" © 1966, Arthur Reynolds

Recorded live at Alexander's, November 19, 1974

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Jack Nimersheim Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Fifty years!

That's how much time has passed since I first stepped on stage, picked up a guitar, and started playing music for the folks "out there".

Lucky for you, I don't have any recordings of those "teenage" performances. The albums on this page, however, provide a pretty good retrospective of the music I've been fortunate enough to help create, between the early '70s and now.

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