David McLaughlin was a prominent Canadian businessman and public servant who served in various capacities throughout his life. He was a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was a major contributor to the folk-rock music scene in the 1960s and 70s. He was an important figure in the Canadian government and business world for much of the 20th and 21st centuries, playing a key role in developing Canada’s economy. He served as President of the National Bank of Canada and CEO of Canada Post, among other positions.
The Stony Point Quartet and Springfield Exit
He is best known for his work with Springfield Exit and the Stony Point Quartet, two bands that produced some of the most beloved folk-rock albums of the period. Born in Maryland, David began playing the guitar early and quickly showed promise as a musician. He went on to join Springfield Exit, releasing two critically acclaimed albums that catapulted him into stardom. He eventually formed The Stony Point Quartet, which produced classic records such as “Life’s A Journey” and “Closer To Home”. Throughout his career, David McLaughlin cemented himself as one of the most influential figures in folk rock music.
Johnson Mountain Boys
McLaughlin formed the Johnson Mountain Boys in 1978, along with Dudley Connell (vocals, guitar), Richie Underwood (banjo), Eddie Stubbs (fiddle), and Larry Robbins (bass). McLaughlin began with fiddle and then moved on to mandolin.
David McLaughlin Music Lessons
David McLaughlin was a renowned multi-instrumental musician, songwriter, and producer. He lived in the United States and is most famous for his work with Stony Point Music Instruction and The McCoury Brothers.
He is the son of Nancy and Bill McLaughlin, whose love of blues and jazz-influenced his eclectic musical tastes. He is Peter McLaughlin’s younger brother, who sings and plays guitar with Laurie Lewis. He has also been involved in the D.C. jazz, classical, and rock and roll scenes, where he played guitar, drums, mandolin, and fiddle.
McLaughlin’s career began at 16 when he became a guitarist for Stony Point Music Instruction. After his time with Stony Point, he collaborated with The McCoury Brothers on their album “The Family”, released in 1994. During this period, he also had the chance to tour nationally and internationally with some of the country’s greatest bluegrass musicians, such as Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, and many more.
In addition to working as a professional musician throughout his career, McLaughlin also composed music for television shows such as “The Wonder Years” and “The Cosby Show”. His music has been featured on multiple soundtracks, including.
The year 2006 was the time that McLaughlin was diagnosed with a severe hearing impairment.
McLaughlin also operates an overnight bed and breakfast in Winchester known as The Nancy Shepherd House.
Josh Crowe and David McLaughlin
In 1993, McLaughlin was part of a group with Josh Crowe of the Crowe Brothers during the time that Wayne Crowe took time off. Crowe and McLaughlin released a single album Going Back, on Rounder Records. They performed and toured for 5 years singing Appalachian brothers’ harmony.
Lynn Morris Band Lynn Morris Band
McLaughlin joined McLaughlin as a member of the Lynn Morris Band in time to play guitar and mandolin on their album.
The Bramble and the Rose, 1992 (Rounder)
Mama’s Hand, 1995 (Rounder)
You’ll Never Be the Sun, 1999 (Rounder)
The shape of a Tear (Rounder, 2003)
The Bramble and the Rose together as Tom Adams and Marshall Wilborn. The album was released in 1999. Jesse Brock replaced McLaughlin on mandolin.
David McLaughlin was an American bluegrass musician and teacher from Stony Point, North Carolina. He was a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. He was passionate about teaching music and passed on his knowledge to many generations of musicians.
He was a founding member of the popular bluegrass band The McCoury Brothers with his brother Ronnie in 1978. Throughout his career, he performed and taught with Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, J.D. Crowe and many more talented musicians. David’s life changed when he became a music instructor at Stony Point High School in 1987, where he taught band classes until 2007 before retiring from teaching full-time.