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

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