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Acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin performs again at Crossings

Acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin recently won an Emmy - and performs in Zumbrota, Saturday July 6. Photo by Eathan Miller

Versatile performer and composer Billy McLaughlin will perform again at Crossings 8 p.m. Saturday July 6.

Audiences can hear his signature solo acoustic masterpieces accented by a few cameo special guest appearances by his talented mystery guests.

McLaughlin was recently awarded an Emmy in the category musical composition/arrangement for his performance of "Billy McLaughlin: Starry Night with Orchestra Nova," which first appeared on KPBS San Diego and is being televised on public broadcasting stations nationwide, including Twin Cities Public Television.

Winners were announced by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter on June 15 in Las Vegas.

While studying guitar at the University of Southern California, McLaughlin developed his signature style - placing both hands on the fretboard and wielding a series of "hammer-ons" and "pull-offs" to create a harp-like effect on the acoustic guitar.

He also embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification and altered tunings, and the tones he creates are nothing short of amazing.

McLaughlin's work has been on Billboard's Top-Ten Chart - "Fingerdance," peaked at number seven - and he's toured around the world.

Although McLaughlin is a right-handed musician, he delivers every performance left-handed due to a neurological disease called focal dystonia that causes the muscles of his hand involuntarily clench. As a result, McLaughlin incredibly taught himself to play left-handed.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. To reserve tickets, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota. For more information, visit

At a glance ...

Hear guitarist Bill McLaughlin and friends perform.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday July 6

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or