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Pat Donohue

According to Chet Atkins, Pat Donohue is "one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world." Any praise that could be given to a guitar player seems insignificant next to such a statement, but Donohue's work warrants even more acclaim. He was named the 1983 National Fingerpicking Guitar Champion, and continues to garner recognition as an exceptional musician and entertainer. Fans of National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion have been treated to the fingerpicked guitar work of Pat Donohue for years, whether they know it or not. Donohue started appearing as a guest performer in the '80s and has been a regular member of the show's house band since 1993. The full range of Donohue's talents, however, are evident on his recorded works, which blend folk, jazz, blues, ragtime, and boogie woogie. After recording Manhattan to Memphis and Pat Donohue for Red House Records, Donohue founded his own label: BlueSky Records. In 1991, he released Life Stories and an album of jazz and instrumental standards, Two Hand Band followed two years later. Donohue shifted gears with Big Blind Bluesy, a collection of classic country blues from the likes of Blind Blake and Big Bill Broonzy, as well as Donohue originals. Atkins appears on 1996's Backroads, which features solo and full-band performances of Donohue-penned songs. American Guitar showcases Donohue's ability as a solo performer and includes more of his own songs, as well as his arrangements of traditional American pieces such as "Maple Leaf Rag" and "the Star Spangled Banner." Donohue travels extensively for A Prairie Home Companion and, in addition to his solo concert performances, he conducts numerous group workshops for guitar players across the U.S. ~ Mark Vanderhoff
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Stations Featuring
Pat Donohue

    Electric Blues

    Electric Blues
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    Modern Blues

    Modern Blues
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    1 song

Albums by
Pat Donohue

Top Songs by
Pat Donohue

  1.   Song
  2.   Poker Woman by Butch Thompson
  3.   My Attorney Bernie
  4.   Tears
  5.   Royal Garden Blues
  6.   All Blues
  7.   Trouble in Mind
  8.   Fall Creek
  9.   Sunday Rag by Butch Thompson
  10.   Blues for Little Brother by Butch Thompson
  11.   Vicksburg Blues by Butch Thompson
  12.   Midnight Hour Blues by Butch Thompson
  13.   Whole Lotta You
  14.   Statesboro Blues
  15.   Boogie Woogie Dance
  16.   Welcome Home
  17.   The Glory of Love
  18.   Millwood
  19.   Into the Garden
  20.   2nd St. Blues
  21.   Arkansas Traveler
  22.   Evenin' by Butch Thompson
  23.   Hard Times
  24.   Summer's End
  25.   Freewayman
  26.   Yardbird Suite
  27.   A Minor Fantasy by Butch Thompson
  28.   Rush Hour
  29.   Tico-Tico
  30.   High Society
  31.   How Long Blues by Butch Thompson
  32.   Butch's Blues
  33.   All My Life
  34.   Starlight
  35.   Mountain Air
  36.   If I Had You by Butch Thompson
  37.   This Is the Beginning
  38.   Nordeast Rag
  39.   Blues for Two by Butch Thompson
  40.   Georgia on My Mind
  41.   You Can't Lose a Broken Heart by Butch Thompson
  42.   Hound Dog
  43.   Workingman Blues by Butch Thompson
  44.   Michigan Water
  45.   The Girl I Left Behind Me
  46.   Blue Tango
  47.   Goin' Home/Oh Suzanna
  48.   Freight Train
  49.   Drivin' Blues
  50.   All Thumbs
  51.   Cypress Grove Blues
  52.   Papa's on the Housetop by Butch Thompson
  53.   Seven Come Eleven
  54.   Long Tall Mama
  55.   Yancey Blues by Butch Thompson
  56.   Big Bill Special
  57.   St. Louis Blues
  58.   That D Strain by Butch Thompson
  59.   Maple Leaf Rag
  60.   The Star Spangled Banner
  61.   Mean Mistreater Blues by Butch Thompson
  62.   Stompin' at the Savoy featuring Benny Goodman
  63.   Mudslide
  64.   Better Days by Butch Thompson
  65.   219 Blues by Butch Thompson
  66.   Novocaine by Mike Dowling
  67.   Tea for Two
  68.   Kansas City Man Blues by Butch Thompson
  69.   Joe Fingers
  70.   Peter Gunn

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