|Origin Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.|
Name Pat McLaughlin
Years active 1980-present
|Albums Get Out and Stay Out, Pat McLaughlin, Unglued, Uncle Pat|
Genres Country, Blues, Rock music
Similar People Shawn Camp, Liz Rose, Tom Malone, Johnny Ray Allen, Bill LaBounty
Music group Tiny Town (1996 – 1999)
Pat McLaughlin is a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee.
He was raised in Waterloo, Iowa, but moved to San Francisco, California in the early 1970s. There McLaughlin began to write songs, playing alone at open mic nights and in the streets near the bay. After a brief stint in Boston, he moved to Nashville where he formed a band and released his first album in 1980. Two consecutive projects for Capitol Records followed. His first major label album Pat McLaughlin made its debut in 1988.
In the late 1980s, McLaughlin experienced his first mainstream country music success when Steve Wariner recorded McLaughlin's song "Lynda". Wariner's version climbed to the top of the charts, winning McLaughlin his first BMI Country Award in 1988. In 1992, Tanya Tucker and Delbert McClinton had a hit with McLaughlin's "Tell Me About It" — another BMI award resulted from this song. During his years in New Orleans, McLaughlin also released records produced by Jim Rooney (Hal Ketchum) and Ben Keith (Neil Young).
In 1997 along with former Subdudes members Tommy Malone and Johnny Ray Allen plus drummer Kenneth Blevins, McLaughlin formed Tiny Town. The quartet recorded one self-titled album, produced by Bernie Leadon in 1998. McLaughlin's compositions have been recorded by artists including Bonnie Raitt, Alan Jackson, Taj Mahal, Trisha Yearwood, Al Kooper, Nanci Griffith, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Shawn Camp and Don Williams.
Gary Allan recorded McLaughlin's "Songs About Rain" in 2003, securing yet another BMI Country Award for McLaughlin. Allan's 2010 release, Get off the Pain, includes two McLaughlin co-writes: "I Think I've Had Enough" and "When You Give Yourself Away."
As a studio musician he has contributed guitar to projects by Jamie Hartford, Rosanne Cash, Julie Roberts, Don Williams, Al Cooper, Shawn Camp, Cowboy Jack Clement, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and many more.
2010 has found McLaughlin continuing his monthly gigs at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville. In spring 2010 he was featured on "Jammin' at Hippie Jacks," which airs on select public television stations across the U.S. He has also been performing with songwriters Shawn Camp and Al Anderson (formerly of NRBQ) in a band called The World Famous Headliners. There has been some speculation that a World Famous Headliners CD will be released while McLaughlin's website also makes note that a solo CD and DVD are forthcoming.
In November 2010 Pat McLaughlin is appearing as an opening act with John Prine. Midway in John Prine's show, Pat joins in and participates as a member of the band. As an opener for Prine, Pat McLaughlin is very well received by those listening.