Here Comes Trouble by Goo On My Shoe

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Led by a husband-and-wife team of conservatory-trained jazz musicians who lead double lives as successful lawyers, the beloved DC-area band Here Comes Trouble is thrilled to announce the June 9 national release of their debut kids’/family album,Goo On My Shoe, an eclectic collection of songs that celebrate the goofy and sweet things that are likely to pop up in everyone’s life.

Singer/songwriter Kelly Donohue, drummer Jon Babu, and their Here Comes Trouble bandmates are dedicated to preserving one of Kelly’s central songwriting messages:  never pass up a chance to embrace your inner silliness, whatever the occasion. Here Comes Trouble takes kids on musical adventures through bogs filled with procrastinating alligators, dessertless dinners, and soap-free bubble baths, with songs that are a delightfully mixed bag of pop, jazz, and hip hop, sprinkled with traces of rockabilly, samba and punk.  Influences include artists from many genres, including Medeski Martin & Wood, Jimi Hendrix, Shel Silverstein, and practically anything from the 1980s.

Says Kelly Donohue, “Goo On My Shoe holds a special place in my heart because it has given me an opportunity to be a strong role model for girls, showing them it’s okay to be yourself without worrying about fitting into a predictable pattern.  I want girls to know they can be strong, smart, unique, loud, and funny.  I can write a mean legal brief, but I’m also not afraid to snort when I laugh!”

Kelly Donohue and Jon Babu met in 1991, while both were enrolled in joint degree programs at Tufts University and New England Conservatory, where, as Jazz Performance majors, they worked and studied with such jazz greats as Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, and Bob Moses.  After college, Kelly focused on songwriting, arranging, and performing with her vocal quartet Onomatopoeia, while Jon performed and recorded with dozens of bands, toured Germany with a jazz trio, and made NYC headlines with the hip hop group Red Time.  Fast forward to law school for both Kelly and Jon, marriage, children, and very successful legal careers in the DC metro region.

Here Comes Trouble began in 2010, at a time when Kelly and Jon had come to the startling realization that their kids knew nothing of their parents’ musical backgrounds.  On a personal level, forming Here Comes Trouble was about Kelly and Jon rediscovering their passion for music and wanting to show their kids the importance of never giving up on a dream.  Soon after assembling a group of musician friends to round out the band, Here Comes Trouble was off and running.

Here Comes Trouble continues to find a welcome spot on the regional music scene, with performances at such local venues as Baltimore’s Port Discovery and festivals like Rockville Hometown Holidays and Frederick’s Summerfest.  Songs from Goo On My Shoe are already receiving radio airplay, two songs made the 2015 International Songwriting Competition semi-finals, and one song took third place at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.

Kelly Donohue and Jon Babu set the bar high at their day jobs, as well.  Kelly was recently made partner at the nationally acclaimed Washington, DC law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, where she practices media and trademark law, and Jon is a highly rated tax attorney at an accounting firm in Bethesda, MD.  They feel fortunate to have found employers who embrace their dual-track “Hannah Montana” lifestyles.
Here Comes Trouble2_photo credit Amy Chmara_Paperbird Photography

I received a copy of this CD and I love their unique sound and that there is a different range of music styles from jazz to pop. I highly recommend for young kids. I think that they will love the lyrics and personally I love the 80’s feel to it.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photos were provided for this feature.

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