Categories: Interviews

Pat McLaughlin comes ‘Unglued’

The name Pat McLaughlin is well-known in Nashville circles. His songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Steve Wariner, John Prine, Don Williams and Tim O’Brien, to name a few.

Once upon a time, he was a major-label act himself, cutting two albums for Capitol – one of which was never released but often cited as one of 1990’s best. McLaughlin didn’t fall from grace, he fell victim to financial circumstance.

A much-contented McLaughlin has resurfaced on dos/Antone’s Records, releasing “Unglued,” a mixed bag of country and rock in the vein of John Hiatt. And he will be touring with the Subdudes in April.

“When you get a deal on a major label, there’s a lot of jive talkin’ going on,” the Nashville-based singer-songwriter says. “I was just happy to get a chance for a record deal like that (with Capitol).”

McLaughlin’s self-titled debut in ’88, produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House), uncorked one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets. It signaled the end of many years drifting from one town to another, making ends meet with carpentry work and assorted odd jobs.

“But when they didn’t put the second record out, it wasn’t so much a disappointment as it was psychedelic,” McLaughlin says of the ill-fated followup “Get Out and Stay Out,” a victim of Capitol’s recessionary rush to cut costs and its roster. “Capitol owns the masters, but I have a DAT of it, so I might sell it out the back of my car.”

Joking aside, McLaughlin prefers the smaller-label touch.

“You can really talk to them and tell them what’s going on, where with a big label you really don’t. You speak to a spokesperson.”

Gerry Galipault @https://twitter.com/Pauseandplay

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

Comments are closed.

Recent Posts

New Songs: Katy Perry, Beck, Prince, etc.

More new songs: BTS feat. Lauv, Blake Shelton, Cold War Kids, G-Eazy, Perfume Genius, Marilyn Manson, Hey Violet, etc

23 hours ago

New Releases: Oct. 18, 2019

New releases and reissues: Jimmy Eat World, Alter Bridge, FOALS, Third Eye Blind, Fastball, Battles, Mark Lanegan Band, Stephen Bishop,…

2 days ago

Updates / Additions: Richard Marx, Anna Nalick, etc.

More updates: Avalon, Tami Neilson, Beach Slang, BRKN Love, Mary J. Blige, Bing Crosby, Change, etc

3 days ago

Your Music Book Store (Oct. 15 and Beyond)

New music book releases, including Ken Womack's "Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles"…

4 days ago

Your Vinyl Store (Oct. 11-17 and Beyond)

New vinyl releases and reissues: David Bowie, "The Princess Bride" soundtrack, Zac Brown Band, Loretta Lynn, Tony Joe White, Skid…

6 days ago

Updates / Additions: Blake Shelton, The Script, etc.

More updates: Joe Henry, Marcus King, Lily Kershaw, Poliça, Sarah Brightman, Jerry Leger, Simple Minds, Grateful Dead, etc

1 week ago