After beginning his musical career as a drummer and then later a bass player, Justin Donohoe settled on the guitar at a very young age and has never looked back. Growing up just outside of Saratoga Springs, NY, he played in several High School projects but really came into form at Hamilton College in a band called ‘The Armadillos’. As a music minor Justin was able to add keyboards to the repertoire and work on his singing chops as a member of the Oratory Society.
After college, Justin earnestly pursued music in a collaboration with Michael Koebbeman called DV8 that started in Florida and ended up back in Saratoga Springs. After cutting a 4 song EP at Sweetfish Studios in Argyle, NY the band saw some local success with their song ‘Freedom’ ultimately getting time on the local radio station FLY92 FM.
Life and family soon intervened, however, taking Justin on a different route for the next several years. Today Justin plays acoustic and electric guitar with Herb Carter Jr. as ’18 Strings Of Trouble’ in Upstate NY playing their unique version of various contemporary and classic covers as well as putting out original music.
Born and raised in Plattsburgh New York, Herb began playing solo shows in 1981 at such places as The Rook, PSUC at The Point, Zachary's and The Backstage on Broadway in Saranac Lake. Herb put his own spin on cover tunes but really made his mark with his originals.
In 1984 Herb moved to Albany to have knee surgery and recover at his brothers and he has yet to find the exit. Herb formed the duo RH Factor with Reinhard Straub and played at such venues as Bogie's, The Lark Tavern, Rolls Touring Company, 288 Lark, and Yesterday's. After getting married in 1990 to Sandrajo Annello, Herb took a 19 year hiatus from playing out to raise his three sons, Brian, Jesse and Samuel until Sandrajo's tragic passing in 2009 from lung cancer. One of Sandrajo's last requests was that Herb buy a new twelve string guitar and start playing out again.
18 Strings of Trouble