I Can't Believe I Found You In That Town - Mike Doughty

from the album The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns (2016)

What is it about the country vibe that attracts artists from diverse genres to dive in, often with great results?

I think of Ray Charles singing Hank Williams tunes and The Beatles singing songs like What Goes On.  The British artists I cut my teeth on all wrote and recorded country songs.  Elvis Costello's Almost Blue album, Squeeze singing Labelled With Love, and countless Nick Lowe songs that would ultimately be covered Johnny Cash.  Hell, even Jethro Tull covered Ghost Riders.

Now, Mike Doughty has jumped into the fray.  After rising to prominence in NYC - he was the doorman at The Knitting Factory before founding the band Soul Coughing - he moved to Nashville in 2015, releasing last year's record Stellar Motel.

This year, on The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns, he delivers a magnificent and varied collection of songs that stay true to his big city sensibility.  My current favorite though is the country-tinged I Can't Believe I Found You In That Town.

The galloping beat, the heart-strung lyrics, the twang of the guitar.  Nashville is a better place with Mike Doughty in it.  Perhaps with rent prices in NYC being what they are, more artists will join him.

Click Here to watch the official video to I Can't Believe I Found You In That Town.


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