Mike Doughty is probably best known as the former frontman and main songwriter for Soul Coughing, though he’s now spent more time as a solo artist than he did with the ’90s hitmakers. Since Soul Coughing’s demise in 2000, Doughty has had an up-and-down career: he’s released dozens of albums and live recordings, but he also fell into drug addiction. In 2012, he chronicled his struggle in a critically-acclaimed memoir, The Book Of Drugs.
He’s now pouring this energy into intimate solo tours. Last year, he took a set of reworked Soul Coughing songs on the road, and he recently stopped by Studio 1A and the Cactus Cafe in support of his new album, Stellar Motel. He visited us in the midst of our fall membership, and Doughty is no stranger to public funding himself. He’s successfully released two fan-funded records, including Stellar Motel. The album finds Doughty still exploring his unique blend of blues and hip-hop, but in the live setting, he strips the songs down into atmospheric, almost psychedelic dirges. Download “Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating In The Future” below.