Fans Of Soul Coughing have another reason to catch the band’s former frontman when he embarks on a five-week fall tour featuring nothing but Soul Coughing songs. With gigs scheduled from coast to coast, Mike Doughty begins his trek in New Jersey.
For Doughty the tour and accompanying album represent a chance to take a second look at the Soul Coughing catalog as he steps into the shoes of his 22-year-old former self “immersed in the house, hip-hop and anti-folk music” that influenced him as a young man in early ’90s Manhattan.
You’ll find the re-imagined Soul Coughing songs on his new album with an extremely long title. Named after a seemingly endless list of songs, Doughty has christened the disc Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless How Many Cans? True Dreams Of Wichita Monster Man Mr. Bitterness Maybe I’ll Come Down St. Louise Is Listening I Miss The Girl Unmarked Helicopters The Idiot Kings So Far I have Not Found The Science.
Helmed by hip hop / dance producer Good Goose (Menya, Ninjasonik, Mac Lethal, Homeboy Sandman), the album dropping Sept. 17 by Doughty’s Snack Bar imprint also features the upright bass playing of Catherine Popper (Jack White, Willie Nelson).
The tour will mark the end of a seven-year period in which Doughty refused to perform Soul Coughing songs, choosing instead to focus on his seven solo albums. He’ll be backed on the autumn excursion by Popper and drummer Pete Wilhoit.
Oct. 16 – Teaneck, N.J., Mexicali Live
Oct. 17 – Philadelphia, Pa., Union Transfer
Oct. 18 – South Burlington, Vt., Higher Ground
Oct. 19 – Boston, Mass., Paradise Rock Club
Oct. 20 – Portland, Maine, Port City Music Hall
Oct. 22 – Cleveland, Ohio, Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Oct. 23 – Detroit, Mich., St. Andrews Hall
Oct. 24 – Chicago, Ill., Park West
Oct. 25 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue
Oct. 26 – St. Louis, Mo., Off Broadway Nightclub
Oct. 27 – Milwaukee, Wis., Turner Hall Ballroom
Oct. 29 – Boulder, Colo., Boulder Theater
Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, Utah., Urban Lounge
Nov. 1 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Biltmore Cabaret
Nov. 2 – Seattle, Wash., The Neptune
Nov. 3 – Portland, Ore., Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 5 – Santa Cruz, Calif., Rio Theatre
Nov. 6 – San Francisco, Calif., The Fillmore
Nov. 8 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Fonda
Nov. 9 – Santa Ana, Calif., The Observatory
Nov. 10 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom
Nov. 12 – Dallas, Texas, Trees
Nov. 13 – Austin, Texas, The Belmont
Nov. 14 – Houston, Texas, Fitzgerald's – Downstairs
Nov. 15 – New Orleans, La., Tipitina's Uptown
Nov. 16 – Tampa, Fla., The Crowbar
Nov. 17 – Orlando, Fla., The Social
Nov. 19 – Nashville, Tenn., The Mercy Lounge
Nov. 20 – Atlanta, Ga., Terminal West
Nov. 21 – Carrboro, N.C., Cat's Cradle
Nov. 22 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Nov. 23 – New York, N.Y., Webster Hall
Many shows go on sale Aug. 9. Check out MikeDoughty.com for more info.