Mike Doughty Books 48-City Tour

Mike Doughty took a break from his ongoing six-week promotional tour of record stores and radio stations to unveil the routing for a 48-city tour that kicks off in mid-January.

The former Soul Coughing frontman is traveling the U.S. in celebration of the release of his ninth solo album, The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns. He winds down this week’s schedule with an in-store performance at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday. On Sunday he’ll be at Atlanta’s Criminal Records.

Doughty has been earning praise from critics and fellow artists for the new LP, which ABC News calls “haunted, deeply captivating.”

Rosanne Cash declares, “He inspires me so much – as a songwriter, as a wholehearted and uncompromising artists, and as a human being devoted to truth. A voice like bourbon and gravel that will stick in your head forever.”

Photo: John Davisson
Forecastle Festival, Waterfront Park, Louisville, Ky.

Doughty is joined on the road by a cello/bass player, drums, a guitarist, an organ player, and a backing vocalist. A post on his Facebook page explains, “The show consists of basically live remixing. Using hand gestures, Doughty improvises changes in what the musicians in the band are doing – stopping, starting, getting louder or quieter, changing their parts, repeating their parts. The songs are Soul Coughing songs and Doughty solo songs, but none are ever performed the same way twice.”

To experience Doughty’s show for yourself, you’ll want to first check out the list of 2017 dates:

Jan. 12 – Charlottesville, Va., The Southern
Jan. 13 – Carrboro, N.C., Cat’s Cradle
Jan. 14 – Charlotte, N.C., The Visulite Theatre
Jan. 15 – Asheville, N.C., The Grey Eagle
Jan. 17 – Atlanta, Ga., Terminal West
Jan. 18 – Jacksonville, Fla., Jack Rabbits
Jan. 19 – Orlando, Fla., The Social
Jan. 20 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Culture Room
Jan. 21 – Tampa, Fla., New World Brewery
Jan. 23 – Pensacola, Fla., Vinyl Music Hall       
Jan. 24 – New Orleans, La., Gasa Gasa
Jan. 25 – Houston, Texas, White Oak Music Hall
Jan. 26 – Dallas, Texas, Dada Dallas
Jan. 27 – Austin, Texas, 3Ten Austin City Limits Live       
Jan. 28 – San Antonio, Texas, The Paper Tiger
Jan. 31 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom
Feb. 1 – Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern
Feb. 2 – West Hollywood, Calif., Troubadour
Feb. 3 – Santa Cruz, Calif., The Crepe Place
Feb. 4 – San Francisco, Calif., The Independent
Feb. 7 – Seattle, Wash., The Crocodile
Feb. 8 – Portland, Ore., Doug Fir Lounge
Feb. 9 – Boise, Idaho, The Olympic
Feb. 10 – Salt Lake City, Utah, The State Room
Feb. 12 – Denver, Colo., Larimer Lounge
Feb. 14 – Kansas City, Mo., recordBar
Feb. 15 – Omaha, Neb., The Waiting Room
Feb. 16 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue
Feb. 17 – Milwaukee, Wis., Shank Hall
Feb. 18 – Chicago, Ill., Lincoln Hall
Feb. 19 – St. Louis, Mo., Old Rock House
Feb. 21 – Bloomington, Ind., The Bishop
Feb. 22 – Columbus, Ohio, A&R Music Bar
Feb. 23 – Cleveland, Ohio, Beachland Ballroom
Feb. 24 – Detroit, Mich., The El Club
Feb. 25 – Toronto, Ontario, Mod Club
Feb. 26 – Rochester, N.Y., Flour City Station       
Feb. 28 – Burlington, Vt., Arts Riot
March 1 – Portland, Maine, Port City Music Hall
March 2 – Boston, Mass., Brighton Music Hall
March 3 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Music Hall Of Williamsburg
March 4 – New York, N.Y., The Bowery Ballroom
March 5 – Philadelphia, Pa., World Cafe Live – Downstairs
March 7 – Washington, DC, U Street Music Hall
March 8 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Club Cafe
March 9 – Louisville, Ky., Headliners Music Hall
March 10 – Nashville, Tenn., Mercy Lounge
March 11 – Memphis, Tenn., Hi-Tone Cafe

Tickets go on sale Oct. 28. Visit MikeDoughty.com for more information.