Cincinnati Enquirer November, 2003-
a Saturday night at Rudder's Sports Grille & Pub in Harrison,
the crowd has come for 12-ounce longnecks and the high-energy music of
and Miss Heather.
They start playing after 9 and go non-stop
for almost five hours. (It's the
don't-take-a-break-and-the-audience-won't-leave philosophy) Their
repertoire includes the likes of Jim Croce, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rolling
Stones and Stray Cats, as well as original music.
Singer/guitarist Randy Peak is a Ted Nugent
look-alike whose hair is at least as long as vocalist Miss Heather's
brunette tresses, which reach the middle of her back. The couple seems
to be enjoying themselves, bantering with the bar patrons between songs.
...As a young adult (Heather) worked as a
bookkeeper by day, and sang karaoke at night with friends. She never
considered singing for a living until four years ago when she met Randy
Peak, who was playing with the Dallas Moore Band.
...Heather and Randy, who like to have fun on stage, invited John to
perform with them at the Farm in Ross Township on a winter night two
years ago. "Conga John", as they call him, fit right in. He found some
goofy hats back stage and passed them out.
Afterward, John told them, "If I'm in one little way getting in the way
of what you're doing, let me know, and I won't come back."
He's been back often.
...Heather and Randy, who live in Cleves, perform three to six nights a
week, mostly on the west side. "Conga John", a painting contractor by
almost always joins them for weekend shows...
The WestSider Magazine June, 2001-
been countless Male/Female Duets throughout musical history. Sony &
Cher, Ike & Tina Turner, George & Tammy, Donny & Marie just
to name a few. In Cincinnati, on the West Side of town, we have Randy
& Miss Heather. Quite a story behind this duo. Randy began playing
guitar at the age of 12 and played
in various bands throughour his life. Most notably, the Dallas Moore
Prior to that, Randy was with Dallas when the band was formerly called
Whiskey. His first real band was called Helen Highwater. They played
Butler County club scene when he was in his early 20's. Randy is self
on the guitar and...after graduating from Taylor High School...started
out. One of the original band members of Helen Highwater was former
Skynyrd guitarists, Mike Estes. This relationship landed Randy an
to play for Skynrd. Unfortunatly, MCA had other plans..."Looking back,
was probably better for all of us," says Randy. I went on to tour the
circuit with a band called Drivin' Sideways which provided me with the
opportunity of playing in front of thousands of people." Randy
has played with the likes of 38 Speacial, The Marshall Tucker Band,
Merle Haggard, David
Alan Coe...and many others. He even had a performance on the former
Now Network and interviewed with host Gary Chapman. Upon Returning
Randy hooked up with Dallas and played on almost every stage in the
city...Randy and Heather met at the Knotty Pine and she sang a
couple of...tunes and the rest is history. Heather's love of music may
have been inherited from her father, who was the drummer in the Bobby
Mackey band for about
ten years. Heather was working as a waitress and bookkeeper at Dick
American Band Stand. After work she often karaoke at local clubs. Her
encouraged her to sing live. At times she would sit in with Dallas, but
had yet to meet Randy. She and Randy sang together at the Knotty Pine
a whim, and discovered such a chemistry on stage that the two decided
an acoustic collaborative. "Our slogan we use is, 'Acoustic but
NOT Unplugged'." says Heather. Infuenced by some of music's best female
vocalists, Heather's vocals allow her to sing classics from Etta James
to Bonnie Raitt, and the Dixie Chicks to Patsy Cline, to name a few.
can find these two playing all over the West Side. They tend to lean a
little more toward "Biker Friendly" establishments, as they both like
ride...They are always looking to play new places. If you are a club
in need of a really good acoustic duo...these two canrelate to just
WestSider Magazine April, 2002 ("Best of the West" Issue)
Best Acoustic Solo/Duo/Trio:
We were happy to see that most of the votes for this category were
honest. Most musicians didn't toot their own horns and get their
to vote in mass which was kind of cool. We know that there are a lot of
talented acoustic performers out there. That was one of the reasons for
the Acoustic Round Table. But here, you have been voted on by the
of the West Side. Out of all of the acoustic acts out there, Randy Peak
& Miss Heather received the most votes...
& Heather are a Dynamic DUO! Playing everything from Meatloaf to
Patsy Cline, this duet is the most entertaining couple you'll ever see
or hear. Check 'em outat WestFest.
Press September, 2001 (Hamilton County Park District)-
...Randy is one of the best guitar players in
Cincinnati; (Squeezebox) Scott isn't bad on the guitar himself and he
has an excellent singing voice. The group can be heard most any weekend
at a local establishment on the west side of town. (Scott) sure can
make a lot of music come out of one little accordian.