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.
From swing to jazz to bottleneck blues to folk, Grammy winning acoustic guitarist Pat Donohue plays it all with a flourish of artistry and melodic inspiration. Chet Atkins called Pat one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today; Leo Kottke called his playing "haunting". Pat is certainly one of the most listened to fingerpickers in the world. As the guitarist for the Guys All-Star Shoe Band of Minnesota Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion, Pat gets to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week.
Pat's musical tastes are eclectic. Though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Pat's influences are rooted in bluesmen Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and Miles Davis. He manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies.
Titles include: Road To Kingdom Come, Novacaine, Spike Driver's Blues, Shuffle Rag. West Coast Blues, Kindhearted Woman, Cypress Grove, I Never Cried , Boogie Woogie Dance, Mudslide, Stompin' At The Savoy, The Mooche, The Hard Way, Stealing From Chet, The Other End Of The Mississippi, Buddy The Blues, Would You Like To Play The Guitar, My True Love and Louis Collins
Running Time: 77 minutes
Review: From a guitar player about a guitar player's album. This DVD is a great example of a mixture of the history of fingerstyle (and a bit of slide) guitar in 20th Century USA and up till now. And finally Pat did his version of ''Would You Like to Play the Guitar'' (set to the tune of Would You Like To Sing On a Star). This is a mixture of advice, pointers, history of the players and great playing - amazing playing. If you've never heard Pat, his playing is clean, clever, never boring, and always challenging should you decide to learn what he's doing. It's not a teaching DVD but it can serve as such for accomplished players. Pat Donohue has been the guitarist for Prairie Home Companion for years- for good reason! - Amazon Customer Review