Press Release :
On February 19, 2008, ATO Records will release Golden Delicious, the new album from singer/songwriter Mike Doughty. 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 Golden Delicious, 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 also 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."

Golden Delicious includes the hip-shaking pop gems "Put It Down" and "I Just Want The Girl In The Blue Dress To Keep On Dancing," and the fan favorite "27 Jennifers" is recorded with a band for the first time (and will be the album's first single at radio). Doughty paints a haunting picture on the noirish "I Got The Drop On You," and his longing vocals and the band's smoldering rhythm guide the dirge "Wednesday (Contra la Puerta)." 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. See below for a complete track list.

Mike Doughty is a true multi-media artist: musician, songwriter, poet, playwright, photographer, and an avid, eloquent blogger ( His band on Golden Delicious -- multi-instrumentalist Andrew "Scrap" Livingston, drummer Pete McNeal (Cake, Jem, Gary Jules), keyboardist John Kirby (Black Eyed Peas) and bassist John Munson (Semisonic, Trip Shakespeare) -- was supplemented some some tracks by guitarist David Levita, percussionist Ken Chastain and singer Mankwe Ndosi.

Doughty will introduce the new songs on Golden Delicious with The Question Jar Show, a November small-venue duo tour with Livingston. Doughty 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.