By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen
On his latest tour, singer/songwriter Mike Doughty wants to know what’s on the minds of his fans. Doughty will introduce new songs on from his forthcoming album “Golden Delicious” during what he’s calling the Question Jar Show Tour where he will take requests from the audience and answer questions that fans place in a jar at the venue — no question too weird, no topic taboo.
“Golden Delicious” will be released on Feb. 19 on ATO Records. Doughty and Grammy winning producer Dan Wilson worked with Doughty’s touring band to craft a driven, organic sound around his savvy, agile lyrical escapades on the album, which was mixed by Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Modest Mouse, No Doubt) and mastered by Richard Dodd (Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Green Day) — both Grammy winners. “Golden Delicious” is the follow-up to Doughty’s AAA radio top five album “Haughty Melodic” (2005), which included the hit “Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well.”
The opening track “Fort Hood” is named for the U.S. army base that has suffered the greatest number of casualties in the Iraq War; the anthem was inspired by a visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Doughty’s band includes multi-instrumentalist Andrew “Scrap” Livingston, drummer Pete McNeil (Cake, Jem, Gary Jules), keyboardist John Kirby (Black Eyed Peas) and bassist John Munson (Semisonic, Trip Shakespeare).
Doughty’s Question Jar Show itinerary:
7 – Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl
8 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
10 – Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
11 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
13 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head
15 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
16 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
17 – Boston, MA – Lizard Lounge
19 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
27 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
28 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
30 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios (two shows)
1 – Vancouver, BC – The Red Room
3 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
5 – Boulder, CO – Trilogy Lounge
6 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note