Prairie Home Companion All-Stars
Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Merle Travis or Muddy Waters. A versatile guitarist’s guitarist, Pat enjoys entertaining fans with intricate fingerpicking, easy wit, and nimble interpretations of old blues, swing, R&B and original tunes. A regular on NPR’s The Prairie Home Companion for many years, Pat Donohue has become a household name nationwide.
Besides his guitar chops, Donohue is also a talented songwriter whose original songs have been recorded by Chet Atkins, Kenny Rogers, and more.
Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue (guitar) one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. And he writes songs too — recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, and others. Nobody’s Fault (Bluesky Records) is the most recent of Pat’s 10 albums.
Gary Raynor (bass) has performed with the Count Basie band, Sammy Davis Jr. — with whom he toured for several years — and the Minnesota Klezmer Band. He teaches jazz bass at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.
Peter Johnson (percussion) has played klezmer music with Doc Severinsen and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He was a drummer for The Manhattan Transfer and for Gene Pitney. He has toured the world, but he always comes back to home base: Saint Paul.
Richard Kriehn (mandolin/violin) started playing music when he was a kid in Houston. He went on to study classical violin at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, and has a Master’s Degree in Music at Washington State University. Along the way, Richard has performed with the Arkansas Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. He was also one of the founding members and concertmaster of Boise Baroque, a chamber orchestra. He also is a past winner of the National Mandolin Championship, and he played fiddle and mandolin for country stars Aaron Tippin and Travis Tritt, and with the bluegrass outfit David Peterson and 1946.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“A masterful guitarist and talented singer-songwriter… Donohue is a natural entertainer.” -Los Angeles Times
“I first heard him on the radio and got upset. Then I heard him in concert and got more upset. He thinks harmonically, improvises beautifully, and writes. If you’re a guitar player, he’s going to haunt you…” —Leo Kottke