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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

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Albums by
Pat Donohue

Top Songs by
Pat Donohue

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

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