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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

    Modern Blues

    Modern Blues
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    Electric Blues

    Electric Blues
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Albums by
Pat Donohue

Top Songs by
Pat Donohue

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

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