- From the Washington D.C. area; lives in Tucson, Arizona.
- A guitarist, he is the older brother of former Johnson Mountain Boy, David McLaughlin.
- 1983, moved to Tucson and played in a band with Ross Nickerson called the Titan Valley Warheads.
- 1988, won the National Guitar Championship at Winfield, Kansas.
- 1991, worked with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street.
- 1996, recorded solo project The Cliffs of Vermilion (Dog Boy).
- 1996, formed the The Frog Mountain Trio (Tucson).
- 2000, joined Chris Brashear and the Perfect Strangers.