Let's call this one Heather's "bootleg" album...because, as we all know, every band from the '70s had to have a bootleg album, right? Well, seventeen years after the fact, we finally got around to recording ours.
Heather was, first and foremost, a live band. I couldn't begin to calculate how many gigs we played, during our six years together. It was a boatload, I do know that.
In 1993, seventeen years after Heather officially disbanded, the "old gang" reunited for one, final live performance.
Following a couple of quick rehearsals to refresh our musical memories and recapture some of the magic that made this band so special, we all gathered in Vevay, Indiana, where I was living at the time, to help raise money for the historic Hoosier Theater. Family, friends, Vevay residents, and a bunch of Cincinnati "fans" from back in the '70s (honest) made the trek to that quaint, little river town to attend this reunion concert...which was held, coincidentally, on my birthday, August 15, 1993.
We packed the house, he said, humbly. Better still, I got a chance to perform once again with "Unca Ron" (Ron Sachs), Ronnie B. (Ron Baumgartner), Gainer (Jim Gaines), my li'l buddy De (De Stewart), and "The Hawk" (Timothy Hawkins). To be honest, I'd forgotten how much fun it was to share a stage with these five friends and amazing musicians.
It was more dumb luck than skill, that I managed to get a decent recording of this performance. Nothing high-tech, mind you; only a simple, 2-track cassette recording, using a couple mics set up in the back of the hall. No multi-track remote recording truck, no complicated digital effects, no studio overdubs, no "auto-tune" pitch correction -- none of that fancy stuff -- just Heather doing what Heather did best: Play tight music and sing sweet harmonies.
released January 1, 2012
Jim Gaines - guitar, pedal steel, vocals
Jack Nimersheim - guitar, bass, vocals
Ron Sachs - guitar, vocals
Ron Baumgartner - drums, vocals
De Stewart - guitar, keyboards, woodwinds, bass, vocals
Timothy Hawkins - guitar, 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.