Heather Slaughter (Bass/ mandolin/ vocals)
Heather was raised in East Central Alabama in the town of Argo singing at the early age of 2. She began playing guitar under her father's tutelage at age 11. She later graduated to mandolin, becoming a standout performer on that instrument, and eventually bass. She possesses great tone in her playing and singing and her unique stylings are a focal point of the County Clare sound.
Her vocal influences include George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Keith Whitley. A multi-instrumentalist, Heather is a fluid mandolin player who cites Adam Steffey as a major influence in her playing. Her impeccable timing, tone and taste on the upright bass provides the solid rhythmic foundation for County Clare.
Heather released a solo recording in 2008 entitled I Meant It, upon which she is the featured mandolinist. She self-penned several cuts on that cd and assists in songwriting duties in County Clare.
She has performed with several local bands throughout the Alabama area including the Gadsden-based Acoustic Rain. She is a Masters Degree certifed special education teacher and works for Pell City Schools. She is also a great seamstress, cook, and creative designer and is owner of RC Britchee Company. Heather is nothing short than a phenomenal singer; one who brings style and humor that is unmatched among todays female artists. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her animals, and especially hanging out with her daughter, Rae Carroll and son Jed. Heather will be scaling back her road time with the band; opting to focus on motherhood and assisting with future recording projects.
"She's such a multi-talented musician, and just one of the best singers I've ever heard! Her country influences really bring a lot to a bluegrass band, her ability to phrase is amazing!" ~ Shannon Slaughter
"you also get knocked out when you hear Heather sing. Her lead and harmony vocals add just the right thing to a song exactly where the song calls for it." ~ Shawn Lane / Blue Highway