News on George Huff, Mike Doughty, Glen Burtnik

HuffFormer "American Idol" finalist George Huff will release his solo debut recording on Tuesday (Nov. 9) via Word/Curb/Warner Bros. The five-track "My Christmas EP" will boast the medley "Angels We Have Heard on High/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and reverent carols "Silent Night" and "Oh Holy Night."

The set is rounded out by versions of the spiritual "Go, Tell It on the Mountain" and holiday favorite "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." All of the tracks can be sampled via Huff's page on the Word Records Web site.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







MikeFormer Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty has signed with ATO Records. The label will re-package the artist's 2000 solo album "Skittish" and the 2003 EP "Rockity Roll" as a two-disc set on Dec. 7, augmented with two live tracks recorded at the 2004 Bonnaroo Music Festival, the "Skittish" outtakes "I Failed To Use It" and "Laundrytown" and two cuts written for the film "Evenhand."

Doughty is in the midst of recording his ATO debut with producer Dan Wilson, formerly of Semisonic. "I'm so happy to now be with ATO," Doughty says. "It's an artist-run label, I love the mix of artists and the general vibe."

The lone live date on Doughty's schedule is Nov. 18 in Charlottesville, Va.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







GlenSinger/songwriter Glen Burtnik will stage his 16th annual Xmas Xtravaganza Dec. 10 at the State Theatre in his hometown of New Brunswick, N.J. In previous years, the multi-artist show has been primarily held in New York, with a cast of special guests that has included Patty Smyth, Phoebe Snow, Marshall Crenshaw, the Patti Smith Band, the B-52s' Fred Schneider and Mary Lee Kortes, among others.

"It's a celebration of the music of the season, which I've always found a magically effective genre," says Burtnik, who has written songs for Smyth and Randy Travis and is a sometime member of Styx. "Once I realized it was a worthwhile undertaking, I decided it'd be most appropriate to the spirit of the show to give the profit to people in need."

The upcoming show will benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Tickets priced $20 to $35 go on sale Friday (Nov. 5) at the venue's box office and Tickets.com.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.