It’s been well over a decade since Billy McLaughlin performed at Andy’s Music. It was back in the late 1990’s, and he packed the house. It was an SRO concert with fans coming from all over the central Gulf Coast.
Billy was a right-handed player then. Today he’s a lefty.
For twenty years, he amazed audiences around the world with his complex and rhythmic music. In 2001, Billy was diagnosed with Focal Dystonia, an incurable neuromuscular disease that rendered him unable to play his own music. By 2002, Billy McLaughlin’s career was over. He lost everything; his career, endorsements, home, and marriage – everything!
In 2006, Billy began a comeback and is doing the unthinkable – relearning his songs left handed. He has resumed an international schedule of concert appearances and speaking engagements. His remarkable comeback is captured in the documentary film Changing Keys (airing on PBS 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band.
Billy McLaughlin is astounding audiences once again with both his story and his music, and resides in his home state of Minnesota where he is proudly raising two boys.
Welcome back Billy!
To learn more about Billy McLaughlin and his inspiring story, visit: www.billymclaughlin.com.