Billy McLaughlin in studioby Steven John, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — When Minnesota Public Radio last caught up with guitarist Billy McLaughlin in late 2003, the acclaimed Twin Cities musician was facing a career crossroads.
A neurological disorder called focal dystonia had derailed a two decade career that brought him international recognition for his intricate finger-style of guitar playing.
The focal dystonia created a sort of "short circuit" between McLaughlin's brain and his fingers.
Since then, Billy McLaughlin has literally "turned his career around," and he has resumed performing as a "left-handed" guitarist.
Billy McLaughlin joined Minnesota Public Radio's Steven John to discuss his music and provide an update on his dystonia.
- All Things Considered, 03/07/2008, 4:52 p.m.