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Billy McLaughlin

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Phone: (952) ***-****  
Email: b***@***.com
Local Address: White Bear Lake, Minnesota, United States
Billy McLaughlin
318 Cafe 318 Water Street
Excelsior , Minnesota 55331
United States

Company Description: Billy McLaughlin, an excellent guitarist especially known for his finger tapping, fingerstyle and all round skilled guitar. Billy is a also a singer, songwriter...   more
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  • University of Southern California
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TEDxAtlanta > Videos > Bo Adams, Aron Solomon, Father Ricardo Bailey and Dr. David Fincher
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TV film looks at odyssey of guitarist Billy McLaughlin Reuters - 1 hour 19 minutes ago
On Guitar Meditations (SOULFOOD Music), ...
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On Guitar Meditations (SOULFOOD Music), guitarist Billy McLaughlin joins SOULFOOD for a tranquil blending of acoustic guitar and synthesizer meditations. McLaughlin is a lauded jazz guitarist for this reflective aural experience aimed at setting the mood massage, meditation and yoga.
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Billy Mclaughlin Interview
For more than three decades, world-renowned acoustic guitarist and composer Billy McLaughlin has dazzled audiences with his virtuosity and unique style, releasing 17 albums, winning five Minnesota music awards and recently earning an Emmy. But in 1998, a bizarre accident left him with an injury that began to affect his performances and ultimately threw his life into a tailspin: he lost his recording contracts, his agent, his income, his marriage and his home. McLaughlin would eventually be diagnosed with the incurable neuromuscular disease focal dystonia (FD), which causes muscles in the body to contract and spasm involuntarily. Though doctors urged him to find another career, the Minnesota-native took matters into his own hands—literally. He did what most musicians consider unimaginable: he re-learned the guitar, one note at a time, using his non-dominant hand. Since then, he’s staged a successful comeback as a left-handed guitarist.
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Billy McLaughlin: In 1998, I was on my way to a photo shoot for the cover of my second album for Narada Records when I fell on an icy sidewalk.
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After talking with colleagues and mentors, everyone said, “Gee, Billy, you’re the hardest-working guitar player out there. Take a break.
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McLaughlin: I took two months off, but when I started to play again, the symptoms were dramatically worse.
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McLaughlin: I continued to play what I could play.
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McLaughlin: Initially I was relieved to have a diagnosis and to know that I wasn’t going crazy. There was so much discussion and whispering, “What’s wrong with Billy?
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McLaughlin: For me to understand that it wasn’t in my hand but the way my brain was feeding messages from my nerves was an important revelation.
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McLaughlin: No. Even if it had been diagnosed earlier, I was still faced with a tough situation, which is, “Gee, music is my identity, my passion, my livelihood.” Honestly, I went home from that initial diagnosis and made up my mind that my neurologist was wrong.
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McLaughlin: I said, “I’d love to call him.” And he said, “Let me call him today and make sure he’s home,” and he called back and said, “Yeah, Leon wants to talk to you.
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McLaughlin: I did, and it didn’t work for me. I am aware of one or two musicians who had some positive results from that but not many. And the main person I’m thinking of is very, very clear in describing that he can still feel that the dystonia is there, and he has to be very careful in how aggressively he plays.
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McLaughlin: He said, “Billy, with Botox and Rolfing, you can regain some of your skills, but it’s never going to feel the same.” In his experience, he echoes what this violinist friend of mine says, which is, he can tell it’s always there, and he’s compensating for it. He was encouraging me to look at other ways to stay involved in music, if it turned out that I didn’t have success with my conversion to playing with my left hand. He said, “Music is still there to be enjoyed, whether you’re performing or not.” He got into conducting for years, of course, and was very successful at that and enjoyed it.
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McLaughlin: Before the diagnosis, the idea popped into my head that I might have to learn to play left handed, and I just dismissed it because it’s a mortifying prospect.
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McLaughlin: Yes.
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McLaughlin: I was passionate about being a small-business person and realized early on that I was responsible for my own future.
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McLaughlin: Not anymore!
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Billy Mclaughlin Music — Focal Dystonia
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Billy McLaughlin in Concert
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Nationally renowned guitarist Billy McLaughlin will perform at Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls on Saturday, September 6th, beginning at 7:30 p.m. His unique story is one that truly inspires audiences and fellow musicians alike.
McLaughlin was highly successful and at the top of his field for twenty years. He was, and still is, recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques and altered tunings while celebrating a gift for melody. His enormous yet fluid acoustic guitar tone has carried him around the world, to Billboard's Top-Ten Chart and most recently through a devastating medical disorder called focal dystonia. McLaughlin has had to re-learn the guitar left-handed and is in the early stages of what might be described as "one of the great musical-comeback stories of all time. His story is the subject of an award-winning documentary film called "Changing Keys - Billy McLaughlin and the Mysteries of Dystonia"
The Past - A serious professional in his teens, McLaughlin left his home and rock band in Minneapolis for the University of Southern California guitar department where he became interested in minimalist composers Phillip Glass and Steve Reich. Employing what would become his signature style of placing both hands on the fretboard, McLaughlin began composing for his first release using a technique of "hammer-ons" and "pull-offs" that create a harp-like effect on the acoustic guitar. This unusual approach led Billy to extensive national touring earning multiple NACA Campus Entertainer awards. In 1995 McLaughlin signed a multi-album international contract with Virgin Records label Narada whose first release, Fingerdance, peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts. Hundreds of shows a year and another release deep into the contract with Narada, he began struggling with his hands - something felt "off" and it was getting worse.
For two years he struggled with a mysterious and unrelenting condition of unexplainable muscle spasms and contractions. Shockingly as symptoms grew worse he could no longer perform most of his own repertoire. In 2001, Billy was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder called focal dystonia. The diagnosis was confirmed at the Mayo Clinic. Going against doctors' recommendations to quit music and look for other work, McLaughlin focused on his songwriting and returned to his rock band which was less demanding for his hands. Despite releasing his ensemble's best recording, Finally - Live! (2002) it was clear that focal dystonia had ended McLaughlin's career as a virtuoso guitarist.
The Challenge - Feeling utterly lost without his music and not willing to give up, McLaughlin began the unlikely journey of teaching himself to play in his signature style, left-handed! Late in 2004 a documentary film crew began following McLaughlin's desperate attempt to regain his career. Warned by doctors of a higher likelihood for developing focal dystonia in his remaining good hand, McLaughlin chose to press on towards an ambitious goal he had yet to achieve - to perform and record a new project with a string orchestra.
In January 2007 McLaughlin published a limited release of Into the Light, a concert recording of compositions for acoustic guitar with string orchestra. This collaboration with Grammy nominated arranger Eugenio Toussaint is McLaughlin's first recording as a left-handed guitarist.
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The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation in Chicago, Illinois has named Billy their first Ambassador for Public Awareness, and for his efforts McLaughlin was awarded the international 2010 Leadership in Public Neurology Award at the American Academy of Neurology conference held in Toronto.
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"Many people fail because they quit too soon," reads the fortune cookie saying that McLaughlin taped to his dashboard in 2001. It remains there to this day.
All are invited to hear Billy McLaughlin perform live on stage at Festival Theatre for one night only.
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Coming in September are Billy McLaughlin, The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund, plus Sinatra and Company featuring Colleen Raye with music from the Rat Pack era.
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Kicking off the line-up is Billy McLaughlin, taking the stage on Saturday, September 6th. McLaughlin is recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques and altered tunings while celebrating a gift for melody. His enormous yet fluid acoustic guitar tone has carried him around the world, to Billboard's Top-Ten Chart and most recently through a devastating medical disorder called focal dystonia. McLaughlin has accomplished what might be described as "one of the great musical-comeback stories of all time."
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