After nearly two decades of song writing, recording, collaborating, and performing with various Kansas City-based bands and indie labels, Donovan got the call in 2011 to be a touring guitarist for double-platinum recording artist Vertical Horizon. A rock fan since age 8, when he listened to his first KISS album in his neighbor’s basement in Minneapolis, Donovan has also spent many years (16) teaching guitar and bass to younger musicians. As well as teaching kids ‘how to be a band’ in a Rock School format.
With the phrase “The Readiness Is All” (from Hamlet) tattooed on his forearm, Donovan believes in being prepared, being a pro, and using great gear (namely PRS Guitars!!!)! His previous bands have spanned every genre from rock to country and have opened for artists as varied as Blue October, Alabama, Sister Hazel, and Keith Urban. On his most recent tour with Vertical Horizon, he played alongside the members of Fastball, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, and Smashmouth.