18 Strings of Trouble
Herb Carter Jr. is known as a musician’s musician – always willing to collaborate and share both the stage and the jam to allow other players to join in, feel the grove, and add their soul to the mix. Often playing solo and wanting to provide the best show for the audience, Herb has developed a talent for bringing guests up on stage to take the music to a new and different realm.
Justin Donohoe has spent the majority of his music career in various bands, solo efforts and collaborative projects gaining a keen ability to adapt and layer his guitar sounds to fit the vibe of the song at hand. It comes as no surprise that the two met at a multi artist event with Herb playing solo with his trusty 12-string and inviting Justin to bring his electric guitar on stage to add some licks to a classic jam favorite, ‘Down By The River’.
After a warm reception from the patrons, Herb decided to stay with the Neil Young vein and set the 18 Strings to work on another epic piece, ‘Like A Hurricane’. Literally within minutes a large cumulonimbus cloud accompanied by a very strong wind appeared out of nowhere toppling a very large white pine and bringing an abrupt halt to the show. The tree just barely missed a windmill, several cars and a picnic table full of concert goers and fell harmlessly on the ground not far from the stage. This, however, would be merely the first sign of the ‘Trouble’ that would be wrought by the combined forces of the 18 Strings!
Realizing they had something that worked well, Herb and Justin set out to play together formerly at a couple of successful events. Soon thereafter, another outdoor venue presented as a suitable destination. Although the clouds were a bit more visible at the onset, the duo decided to play on and hope for clearer skies. All went well until the two fell upon one of Herb’s original songs, ‘The Storm’. True to form the skies opened up almost instantly ending their second attempt to play an outdoor show.
When a newspaper reporter covering the event inquired about a name for the duo, Herb knew there could only be one answer – 18 Strings Of Trouble. The rest is history as they say.
Today you can find Herb and Justin playing various forms of instrumentation with Herb playing his 6-string acoustic as often as the 12 (and even breaking out the electric from time to time). Their collaboration with other musicians continues as well incorporating as many as 7 musicians or more depending on the venue.
Just beware that if the venue is outside and the song is weather related, ‘Trouble’ may not be far away…