Pat McLaughlin

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Pat McLaughlin
OriginWaterloo, Iowa, U.S.
GenresCountry, blues, rock
Years active1980-present

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.[1]

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.[2] In 1992, Tanya Tucker and Delbert McClinton had a hit with McLaughlin's "Tell Me About It"—another BMI award resulted from this song.[3] 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.[2] 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 Kooper, Shawn Camp, Cowboy Jack Clement, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and many more.[1]

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 appeared as an opening act for John Prine. "Summer's End,"[4] a song McLaughlin wrote with Prine, was The Americana Music Association 2019 Song of the Year.[5] McLaughin also co-wrote Prine's final song with him before his death: "I Remember Everything", which won the 2021 AMA Song of the Year award and the Best American Roots Song.



Year Album Label
1988 Pat McLaughlin Capitol
1992 Party at Pat’s Appaloosa
1994 Unglued Dos
1995 Get Out and Stay Out Dos
1996 Wind It On Up Appaloosa
2000 Uncle Pat Evangeline
2003 Next Five Miles Creamstyle
2006 Horsefly Creamstyle
2011 Live in 09 Creamstyle
2011 Live at the Coupe (DVD) Creamstyle

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