"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.
Jack Nimersheim...September 15, 2016
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
A half-century. 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, no recordings exist of those early performances. The albums on this page, however, provide a pretty good retrospective of the music I've been fortunate enough to help create, over the past fifty years.