New York-based Mike Doughty is an alternative and indie rock guitarist and singer/songwriter. After a successful run under Warner Brothers with the band Soul Coughing in the 1990s, Doughty left the band with the hope of recovering from a heroin addiction. He began touring the country as a solo artist after beating his addiction, driving a rental car and developing a fan base by selling CDs after shows. In 2004, he had a chance encounter with artist Dave Matthews, a devoted Soul Coughing fan and a fan of Doughty's early solo work. He gave Matthews a future version of his 2005 album Haughty Melodic, which Matthews released on his ATO record label. Since his solo albums from the mid-2000s, Doughty has evolved his catchy sound into more refined indie-rock music by placing greater concentration on songwriting and composition. Doughty has released six albums with a new band, including his 2011 album, Yes and Also Yes.