Doughty Coughs Up Solo Tour
Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty will kick off a U.S. club tour Feb. 13 in Northampton, Mass., winding down Feb. 28 in Madison, Wis. As with past solo tours in the wake of Soul Coughing's 20Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty will kick off a U.S. club tour Feb. 13 in Northampton, Mass., winding down Feb. 28 in Madison, Wis. As with past solo tours in the wake of Soul Coughing's 2000 break-up, Doughty will perform some of the band's favorites in a deconstructed acoustic fashion, as well as new songs he has written over the past two years.
The trek includes a Feb. 24 performance as part of a benefit by 24 Hour Plays at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theater. The event will raise funds for the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund, and will feature actors Gil Bellows ("The Agency"), Portia de Rossi ("Ally McBeal"), Seth Green ("Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"), and Camryn Manheim ("The Practice"), as well as writers Neil LaBute, Raven Metzner, and Stu Zicherman, actor/director Morgan J Freeman, and directors Neil Pepe and Frank Pugliese.
Doughty has been writing material and recording demos for his second solo album, and is in continuing talks with record labels. His first album, "Skittish," was widely bootlegged by Soul Coughing fans, before being made available via his official Web site shortly after the band's split.
Doughty also recently appeared on They Might Be Giants' latest album, "Mink Car" (Restless) on the song "Mr. Xcitement," as well as on the bonus track "Your Mom's Alright," which appears on the U.K. version of the set.
Here are Doughty's upcoming tour dates:
Feb. 13: Northampton Mass. (Iron Horse Music Hall)
Feb. 14: New York (Knitting Factory)
Feb. 15: Philadelphia (Theatre of Living Arts)
Feb. 18: Somerville, Mass. (608)
Feb. 20: Cleveland (the Odeon)
Feb. 21: Detroit (Magic Bag)
Feb. 22: Newport, Ky. (Southgate House)
Feb. 23: St. Louis, Mo. (Blueberry Hill)
Feb. 24: Los Angeles (24 Hour Plays L.A. benefit)
Feb. 25: Chicago (Double Door)
Feb. 27: Minneapolis (Woman's Club)
Feb. 28: Madison, Wis. (Stage Door at the Orpheum)