“There are certain musicians that have such unique, stirring voices, sometimes I want to press my fingers to their necks and feel the vibrations. Mike Doughty has one of those voices.” –Cincinnati City Beat
With a singular percussive guitar cadence and an off-kilter, stream-of-consciousness vocal delivery, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Mike Doughty has carved out a special niche for himself. As the leader of one of the most unique bands of the 1990s, Soul Coughing, Doughty’s music became part of the soundtrack to the decade with a fusion of rock, beatnik-inspired lyrics, and elements of hip-hop and electronic music. After breaking up the band in 2000, Doughty rented a car and toured the country by himself, covering 9000 miles while rediscovering his acoustic roots.
“twisting, poetic lyrics… laid-back charm.” –All Music
Doughty’s solo career overlapped his Soul Coughing days by quite a bit: his first tour in 2000 featured music from a then-unreleased solo album from 1995, Skittish. This was recorded like it was presented, acoustic numbers with minimal instrumentation. His relationship with Minneapolis is well documented. His 2002 bootleg Smofe and Smang: Live in Minneapolis, was a limited edition pressing that caused an internet sensation on Napster. Songs from this record would be fleshed out with his next two full-band efforts, 2005′s Haughty Melodic and 2008′s Golden Delicious, both produced by Minneapolis native Dan Wilson.
“circular, rhythmic guitar playing and unique phrasing… with light-hearted wit [and] disarming personal candor.” -Pitchfork