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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, Rovi
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Was fortunate to enjoy Pat at a Christmas concert he so eloquently performed at Siloa Church in Day, Mn. Awesome! Pie was good too.
jhosch500
he played Washington Square in White Bear Lake many times. Loved to see him at that venue
I saw him in about 1990 when he played the Palms Playhouse in Davis, CA. He was opening for Patty Larkin at the time. As others have said, very nice guy, approachable and easy to talk to. It was a great show.
BRAVO!
He's a super nice person. He travelled from St. Paul once to play at a Coffee House in a tiny town in SouthEast Minnesota just to help the owners out! Can you imagine Pat in your 50 seat coffee house?
wonderful sound- totally entertaining !
wilbudge
Should have continued our friendship and never put my guitar down.
He stayed with it and look at him go!!!
michaelhaydn m v
I'm 'right with you.' I play blues guitar. Yet I admire how you express full blues tracks. I've listened many times to your playing on Prairie Home Companion and liked it. Your own cds are more revealing in a positive manner. Thanks, and continued 'good luck.'

This man's heart is directly wired to his guitar!
He always makes me smile!
Love Pat on PHC! Can't get enough of him in Nashville!
jdreesetexas
Love it.
...and who's gonna argue with Chet? Certainly not me.
Truly one of the finest fingerstylis t s today. Chet Atkins wasn't wrong about Pat. He's great!

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