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Billy McLaughlin

Contemporary acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin was born and raised in Minneapolis, later studying music at the University of Southern California. There he explored composition as well as finger-style acoustic guitar, and soon after graduating independently issued a pair of 1989 LPs, Inhale Pink and Exhale Blue. Regularly playing upwards of 200 live dates a year, McLaughlin issued his third album, The Archery of Guitar, in 1993; upon its release, he was named "New Age Artist of the Year" at the Minnesota Music Awards. Wintersongs and Traditionals followed in 1994, and with the Hindu Rodeo Crew McLaughlin recorded The Bow and Arrow a year later. With 1996's Fingerdance, he made his Narada label debut, returning in 1999 with Out of Hand. Stormseekers followed a year later. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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jimlgordon
Wow... beautiful.
Awesome
Pure Brilliance with the Ability to aim and illuminate the heart with music. A gifted survivor who successfully transitioned to continue and enhance his skills!
bbueno12563
Excellent!!!
Love this stuff, new discoveries in music are my treasures. This is enriching.
As said a few times below.... the most important part of his bio has been left out. His comeback from focal dystonia is nothing short of a miracle. It shows how passionate AND talented Billy is.
Billy was afflicted with focal dystonia, a neural disease. He had to learn to play with his left hand. In his 1st CD after conquering this condition , Extraordinar y Measures, the return of billy mclaughlin, he shows his incredible talent. My sons worked with him on that concert. One did the audio post production, the other took all the still photography. They were so proud to be part of this incredible experience. Billy is a master musician with a unique and wonderful sound.
whermes7
Had never heard of him before Pandora played it for me. Very enjoyable!! I agree with the comment below about reminding me of the amazing Michael Hedges, he left us too soon.
v This, totally.
richard.m.jo h n s t o n e
The bio only goes through 1999. It appears to have been written 14 years ago.Facebook should require more up-to-date bio's from Rovi. The discography only goes through 2001 and includes only 3 of the artist's 12 recordings. Being a content provider is one thing. Being a a provider of quality content is another thing altogether.
hbrayer
This track makes me miss Michael Hedges.
Amen to Billy's tenacity. Billy's kindness and support encouraged me to make my first cd. Such a good man and an amazing and inspiring talent. ~DS
ssteub
nice percussive accompanimen t s
Would have been nice if you'd mentioned in the Bio that he developed a neural disease that pretty much ended his career, then learned to play left handed and has re-launched touring and recording. Pretty amazing!
Love this track - helps with psychic overload - music in the mode of goodness - love the key change - just cannot say enogh good things about this track -Peace.
Simply cannot wait to hear Billy with Simple Gifts this holiday season!
this guy is amazing
Met Bill through church. He is an amazing man with an amazing story and an amazing musician--on e of my very favorites!
First saw Billy at Idaho State in 1991, last saw him in 2011 at a KEller-Willi a m s event in Seattle. Thanks for 20 years of enjoyment.
christofer cross styled but cool takes a direction
lfort6
Love this one
A beautifully timeless piece. I love the horn and guitar together.
Let's not forget Leo Kottke. He too has had mastery of the strings.
romancegirl1 9 6 3
He sounds great and he's cute too! Is he married?
Billy was my guitar teacher, and one of the biggest influences in the development of my identity and tone as a musician.
jameskole
Billy was my guitar teacher in White Bear Lake, awesome guy.
jtucker961
Beautiful music.
I remember hearing billy around the time that michael hedges left the planet- at first i thought that billy was channeling michael( and i liked that - but after hearing the album finger dance you soon see that billy has his own thing going on - its a blessing to hve billy around - he over came a huge problem and and is playing beautifully again - watch him on you tube its nothing less than a miracle - god bless all
chopper1lamb
Wonderful Composition!
magnaman867
There is another artist who sounds very much like this guy by the name if Preston Reed. Hes awsome too.
dbadraper
I feel like Bert....exce p t Alaska come back to Arkansas :) but I have talked with him or (his staff) via his email. He would come back but I cant get any1 in my area to host him :( tried Walton Arts Center & AMP with no prevail :( sad in Fayetteville .
stenzel.robe r t a
I met Billy last week at a fundraising event in Minneapolis. His story is an inspiration and his music makes me feel like my troubles are floating away...
It cracks me up that Michael Hedges isn't even on this above-list of Similar Artists!
For those that already mentioned it here...Micha e l Hedges was the guy who really got the percussive, fingertappin g style on the map. What the heck, he created the map and others like BM here must pay homage to him. I'm not taking anything away from BM, just so the truth be known. Michael's still the master of masters in that regard. Almost every song was an open tuning and the guy was on fire during his live performances . Thank you, Michael Hedges, for everything you left behind.
Saw him about 10 years ago at a very small, personal venue - the Wire coffeehouse in New Cumberland, PA. Everyone was mesmerized by this master - one of my favorites - I own three of his cds!
love this fresh guitar style. reminds me little bit of steve hackett
He takes me far away with a smile on my face, I feel all is good and safe, light and blissful.
alwaysiris19 5 0
I saw the story of his struggle on TV the other day and it brought tears to my eyes. We all think we have such big problems, but his disability and determinatio n to overcome it is humbling. Bravo, Billy.
a_matsunaga
Saw him live @ a Keller Williams event when I was expecting my youngest son. He was incredible and my baby boy danced inside as he listened, he now has a total attraction to guitar music and is so happy when I play Billy's music
Billy Mac just played in Madison this past Friday and what a performance. During the break, he spent time with 3 young and upcoming guitarist to demonstrate his unique style. Billy McLaughlin fills my office each and everyday.
thomasbgraha m
Clears your haed, improves your brain activity and "minty" refreshing
Just what I needed today
I first saw this guy right after his first album, still awesome! Billy, you need to come back to UAA! Or at least Alaska
wizardeb
Very nice! I had to see who the artist was!
clean. beautiful, original sound!
beautiful articulation , wonderful spirit
Billy is one of the nicest guys in the world. And he's so courageous, after he lost 99% of the function of his left hand from a rare disease, he learned how to play the guitar all over again with his other hand! What an inspiration.
damalner
found thanks to andy Mckee
psychswede
He played for a fundraiser in Buffalo MN to raise money for a theatre trip..not sure if the audience knew they were in front of a master. What a surprise, and it tells you what kind of guy he is.
Soothes the soul
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