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Dec 09

Mike Doughty

Swedish American Music Hall (21+)
8:30 PM (doors 7:30 PM)
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Mike Doughty

"Mike Doughty (born June 10, 1970), is an American singer and songwriter. He led the band Soul Coughing in the 1990s; in the 2000s, he became a solo artist. Doughty was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. The son of a military family, he moved around the country and Europe, and spent his teenage years living on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point until he attended Simon's Rock College of Bard. He eventually moved to New York City to study poetry at the New School University, where singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco was one of his classmates in Sekou Sundiata's poetry course, 'The Shape and Nature of Things to Come.' In 1992, Doughty, then a doorman at the New York avant-garde club The Knitting Factory founded Soul Coughing (billing himself then as M. Doughty), and enjoyed the minor hit singles 'Super Bon Bon' and 'Circles'.

Wearying of the band and addicted to heroin, Doughty broke up Soul Coughing in 2000, and was promptly dropped by Warner Brothers. A few years later, he beat his addiction and started touring as a solo artist. He drove around the country in a rental car (9000 miles on his first tour), playing acoustic shows, often to crowds of Soul Coughing fans bewildered by his switch from that band's hip hop and spoken word-based sound to plaintive songwriter. After the shows, he would sit at the front of the stage and sell copies of his acoustic album Skittish, then on CD-Rs in plain white sleeves, a record that he had recorded for, and which was rejected by, Warner Brothers in 1996.

He sold 20,000 copies of Skittish over three years, and gradually developed a following independent of Soul Coughing. At the Bonnaroo music festival in 2004, Doughty and Dave Matthews, a longtime Soul Coughing supporter, who had the band open for him on two US tours, including shows at Madison Square Garden, bumped into each other. Matthews professed to be a fan of Doughty's solo record Rockity Roll, in particular the song '27 Jennifers,' so Doughty gave him a CD of rough mixes of an album he had been working on in Minneapolis with former Semisonic singer Dan Wilson. This album was to become Haughty Melodic, which Matthews released on his ATO label."

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