Interview with ABILITY Magazine

ABILITY Magazine


“At a recent live streaming concert sponsored by the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) at San Diego State University, McLaughlin’s unorthodox technique of placing both hands on the fretboard produced a unique and surprisingly big sound, as if there were multiple guitarists on stage. His music was deeply rhythmic and fluid, his new age compositions intricate and uplifting. Recently, ABILITY’s Paula Fitzgerald spoke with him about his long journey back to center stage.
Paula Fitzgerald: Tell me about the accident that changed your life.
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. I dislocated the middle finger and ring finger on the hand I used to play my fretboard. When we finished the shoot, I needed immediate physical therapy because I was leaving in just a couple of months to start a back-to-back, 50-city tour to support the release of my new CD. This tour included a lot of television and radio performances, as well as interviews. I managed to rehab in time so that I didn’t have to reschedule any of the dates, but I still noticed stiffness in my fingers that I associated with the injury.
After the second leg of the tour, the swelling had gone down and my fingers felt normal, but I started to feel something was out of balance. I was still struggling with a couple of my more virtuosic pieces. When you’re playing solo guitar concerts, it’s very embarrassing to have a slip-up here and there. After talking with colleagues and mentors, everyone said, “Gee, Billy, you’re the hardest-working guitar player out there. Take a break. Take a couple months off and let your hands rest.
Read this article in its entirety at ABILITY Magazine.

Interview with Luna Guitars

Interview with Luna Guitars

Luna Guitars


In January, Dennis Stafford from Luna Guitars interviewed Billy as part of an introduction for Luna’s Henna guitar. In addition to asking Billy to try out the new guitar (see the video below), Dennis also wanted Billy to share a few of his thoughts on music and speaking. Here are just a few snippets from Billy’s interview with Luna Guitars:
“…The power of music or any other art form for that matter lies in the ability of the creative work to communicate more than we have words to express.”
“It’s very important that everyone knows that they are capable of making real in this world things that exist outside of it, from the world of the abstract.”
“I was taught that failure is a doorway to success so never be afraid to try your best.”
“…companies and foundations, churches and schools have kept calling because they want me to help inspire people to embrace change, re-think what is possible and put passion behind their efforts to succeed.”
To read this interview in its entirety, visit Luna Guitars.
 


Billy plays Luna’s Henna Guitar

Billy’s Luna guitar is a Henna Oasis in Spruce – the lefty.

Luna interview

Henna Oasis in Spruce – the lefty.