Pat McLaughlin Band featuring Kenny Greenberg, Michael Rhodes and Greg Morrow plus The Bono Bros Band

Fri, Mar 29 2019, 8:00pm - $20 - Tickets

FitzGerald's welcomes back one of Nashville's most revered songwriters.  Pat McLaughlin has worked with many Nashville greats, including recent collaborations/tours with John Prine (Pat and John are two-time 2019 Grammy nominees for Best American Roots Song on Prine's excellent 2018 album  "Tree Of Forgiveness") and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach on his 2018 solo disc "Waiting for a Song." McLaughlin's all-star Nashville band is in the video below and features studio aces Kenny Greenberg, Michael Rhodes and Greg Morrow. Doors at 7 pm.

"No one since Dan Penn has better mixed '60s soul idioms with country music sentiment," proclaimed the Chicago Sun-Times Dave Hoekstra. "Pat McLaughlin is an American treasure."

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Pat McLaughlin is a maverick. The revered, if a bit enigmatic, singer, songwriter and guitarist has spent years honing his layered style. Dedicated only to the pursuit of a new groove or an old feeling, his songs rehash the sights and sounds of a reformed nomad with roots in Iowa, footprints in San Francisco, New Orleans and Chicago, and a home in Nashville. 

After a brief stint in Boston, the late 1970s took McLaughlin to Nashville. The city's rich pockets of ace musicians and elite songwriters soon ensnared Pat, who formed a band and began gigging around town. Carpentry paid his early bills, and McLaughlin released his first album in 1980. Two consecutive projects for Los Angeles' Capitol Records followed. Produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Daniel Powter), Pat released his eponymous major label debut in 1988. 1989's Get Out and Stay Out, also produced by Froom, featured a supporting cast of virtuosos including keyboardist Ian McLagan, and another dose of McLaughlin-penned gems. His sound, deliciously organic and rooted in soul, aged well and demanded room to breathe.

In the late 1980s, McLaughlin experienced his first slice of mainstream country music success: Steve Wariner recorded Pat's "Lynda." Wariner's version climbed to the top of the charts, winning Pat his first BMI Country Award in 1988. 

Drawn to New Orleans drummer Carlo Nuccio's style, McLaughlin retreated to Louisiana in 1990. He remained based in Nashville but played constantly with a band featuring Nuccio in New Orleans. The city's salt and sweat seeped into McLaughlin's sound, and for 6 years, he explored, played and immersed himself in the town's bold music community.

In 1992, Tanya Tucker and Delbert McClinton had a hit with McLaughlin's "Tell Me About It" - another BMI award coupled with a mainstream asterisk for the reluctant Nashville songwriter.

During the New Orleans years, Pat also released records produced by friends Jim Rooney (Hal Ketchum) and Ben Keith (Neil Young). In 1997, along with former Subdudes 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 (The Eagles), in 1998. 

2000's Uncle Pat showcased more of the adept guitarist's blithe compositions. Next Five Miles followed suit, setting critic tongues wagging. Co-produced by McLaughlin and guitar wunderkind Kenny Greenberg, Next Five Miles drew rave reviews from hipsters across the country, including the Chicago Sun-Times, who listed the album among its top roots projects of the year. 

McLaughlin's compositions have been recorded by a jaw-dropping array of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Alan Jackson, Taj Mahal, Trisha Yearwood, Al Kooper, Nanci Griffith, Josh Turner, Shawn Camp and Don Williams. Gary Allan recorded Pat's "Songs About Rain," securing yet another BMI Country Award for McLaughlin. An in-demand studio musician, Pat's guitar "chunking" finessed projects by Jamie Hartford, Rosanne Cash, Julie Roberts, Don Williams, Al Cooper, Shawn Camp, Cowboy Jack Clement, Neil Diamond and many more.

As further testament to McLaughlin's skill, engineer David Ferguson called on Pat to play acoustic guitar for the final Johnny Cash recording sessions. A frequent collaborator of John Prine, Pat McLaughlin frequently finds himself working alongside legends. Rolling Stone called McLaughlin "a tasty, rootsy gem," while he prompted the Tennessean's Peter Cooper to spout poetry: "Groove and soul, slink and stutter, groove and soul, wisdom and pain, groove and soul."

In 2006, McLaughlin released Horsefly, again featuring the co-production credits of McLaughlin and Kenny Greenberg. Loose but focused, the tracks ebb and flow seamlessly, offering wry observations on life's satisfactions and misfires. "No one since Dan Penn has better mixed '60s soul idioms with country music sentiment," proclaimed the Chicago Sun-Times. "Pat McLaughlin is an American treasure."


BONO BROS BAND: The bond of music and family have created great bands, Allman Bros, Black Crowes, North Mississippi Allstars and Kings of Leon and all at the core the blend of Rock & Roll and Blues. Rock & Roll and Blues music are synonymous, since most will say that Rock & roll was born out of the Blues. Both genres of music are characterized by the use of guitar, a strong rhythm with an accent on the offbeat and the rebellious form of lyrics. It is with the passion of both forms of music that The Bono Bros Band was formed. The Bono Bros Band are Rob and Jim Bonaccorsi on vocals/guitar and bass, who are also members of the Freddy Jones Band, Tom Albanese on vocals/harmonica formerly of Big G and Nick Kitsos on drums formerly of BoDeans and Poi Dog Pondering. The belief of the Bono Bros Band is that you cannot confine Blues and/or Rock & Roll in a box. Both genres of music are evolutionary and if you confine them, they cannot grow. This Rock & Roll and Blues music experience is something you do not want to miss!