Heath was inspired to take up guitar at age twelve, after hearing the recordings of Josh White, a South Carolina blues guitarist, and Carlos Montoya, a Spanish flamenco guitarist.
At a certain point he realized his early idols were all doing the same thing: transforming the guitar from a rhythm instrument to a singing instrument–the one that carries the melody.
In the 80s he took classical lessons from Frank Stallings, but continued to gravitate toward blues. He has also added into his playing the rhythms of boogie-woogie, in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis.
He aims to keep pushing the limits of what he can do on the guitar to produce unique music with timeless melodies.