· London headline show: June 11th @ The Borderline, London
· Full UK tour supporting Suzanne Vega: June 13th – 21st
· Live album: ‘The Question Jar Show’
Catch the excellent Mike Doughty live experience this June:
Mon 11th June: London, Borderline (Headline show), Orange Yard, Manette Street, London W1D 4JB
Wed 13th June: London, Union Chapel (with Suzanne Vega), Compton Terrace, Off Upper ST, London, N1 2XD
Thu 14th June: Brighton, The Dome (with Suzanne Vega), 12a Pavilion Buildings Castle, Square, Brighton BN1 1EE
Mon 18th June: Glasgow, Oran Mor (with Suzanne Vega), Top of Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX
Tue 19th June: Gateshead, The Sage (with Suzanne Vega), St Mary’s Sq, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 2JR
Wed 20th June: York, Grand Opera House (with Suzanne Vega). Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9SW
Thu 21st June: Basingstoke, The Anvil (with Suzanne Vega) Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR
This summer marks the release of ‘The Question Jar Show’, a double-disc live album recorded during Mike’s US tour of the same name. It perfectly captures Doughty’s hip hop-influenced folk/Americana/blues, and just as importantly, his deftness at charming crowds. Essentially, Mike is a master of on-stage banter.
“Would you rather play twister with Dick Cheney or punch a kitten in the face?”
This is just one of the bizarre, comedic questions written on scraps of paper by Doughty fans and placed in a jar on-stage pre gig. These were then answered between songs in highly-entertaining fashion by Mike, plus his eccentric sidekick and cello player, Andrew ‘Scrap’ Livingston.
When not answering questions, Doughty and Scrap play stripped down, rhythmically intense and haunting versions of Mike’s cult classic songs, including ’27 Jennifers,’ ‘Busting Up a Starbucks,’ and ‘Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well.’
Although not as large in scale and profile as feted live albums like the Who’s ‘Live At Leeds’ or the Stones’ ‘Get Yer Ya Yas Out’, ‘The Question Jar Show’ deserves status as a unique and intimate classic of the format.
Mike Doughty’s last artist album ‘Yes And Also Yes’ was released to critical acclaim both here and over the pond. It was written at legendary artists’ colony Yaddo, where Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Truman Capote and Sylvia Plath worked.
It featured singles ‘Holiday’ – a duet with Roseanne Cash and ‘Na Na Nothing’, which bagged Mike a top 7 hit on the US AAA chart. Penning of the latter single was aided by Nikki Sixx, Matt Gerrard and Dan Wilson who also co-wrote Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, plus ‘Secret Smile’ and ‘Closing Time’ for his band Semisonic.
Doughty used a capsule of the antidepressant Duloxetine as a percussion instrument on several tracks and played a Chinese lute (called a Zhong Ruan) on the song ‘Telegenic Exes, #1’.
A prolific blogger and writer, Mike wrote a biography focusing on his career in Soul Coughing and his “ugly, drug-doing years”. ‘The Book Of Drugs’ came out to huge praise from the likes of the Rolling Stone, The Word, The Arts Desk, Publishers Weekly, Billboard and The New York Post. Due to huge demand, the book has recently gone into its 4th run of printing.