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Pat is one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world. As the guitarist for the “ Guys All-Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, for twenty years, Pat got 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, including Sushi-Yucki and Would You Like to Play the Guitar?
In 2004, Donohue marked a significant milestone in his musical career, winning a Grammy Award as part of a collaborative effort with a number of talented acoustic performers. The project, Pink Guitar, is a compilation of Henry Mancini tunes played on acoustic guitar and was named instrumental album of the year.
Pat won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Champion title in Winﬁeld, Kansas and his compositions have been covered by the late Chet Atkins, as well as Suzy Bogguss and Kenny Rogers.
In 2008 the Martin Guitar Company released a signature Pat Donohue model, designed to Pat's specifications.