© 2014 Crossings at Carnegie
July 26, 2014
“McLaughlin is well known in hard-core guitar circles
as a mystical guitar guru.”
An innovative and versatile performer and composer, Billy McLaughlin astounds audiences with the breadth of sound he draws from an acoustic guitar. Along with surprise guests, McLaughlin will perform at Crossings. His enormous yet fluid acoustic guitar tone astonishes listeners.
McLaughlin was awarded an Emmy in 2013 in the category Musical Composition/ Arrangement for his performance of “Billy McLaughlin: Starry Night with Orchestra Nova.”
Audiences will enjoy a night of Billy’s signature solo acoustic masterpieces accented by a few cameo special guest appearances by Billy’s talented mystery guests.
While studying guitar at the University of Southern California, McLaughlin developed his signature style – placing both hands on the fret board and wielding a series of “hammer-ons” and “pull-offs” to create a harp-like effect on the acoustic guitar. McLaughlin also embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification and altered tunings, and the tones he creates are nothing short of amazing.
McLaughlin’s work has been on Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart – “Fingerdance,” peaked at number seven – and he’s toured around the world. Audiences today would never suspect that the stunning music McLaughlin delivers at every performance is played left-handed by a right-handed musician.
A decade ago, McLaughlin’s career fell victim to a neurological disease called focal dystonia. It made the muscles of his hand involuntarily clench, and he became unable to play most of his repertoire.
McLaughlin, who played with a rock band in his teens, returned to the band to play less demanding music. But it wasn’t enough, and McLaughlin incredibly taught himself to play left-handed.