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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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Albums by
Pat Donohue

Top Songs by
Pat Donohue

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

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