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Benjamin Booker (born June 14, 1989 in Tampa Bay AreaFlorida) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Based in New Orleans, he cites The Gun ClubBlind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex as influences.[1] His music was described by the Chicago Tribune as "a raw brand of blues/boogie/soul," [2] and by The Independent as "frenzied guitar-strumming and raw, soulful vocals that are hair-raising in intensity."[3]

Booker's self-titled debut album was recorded in December 2013 at The Bomb Shelter, an analog studio in Nashville. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama ShakesHurray for the Riff Raff), the album is scheduled to be released on August 19, 2014 via ATO Records in the United States and Rough Trade Records in Europe.[4] The first single from the album, "Violent Shiver," was released in April, 2014;[5] Booker performed the song on Late Night with David Letterman later that month.[6][7]

In 2014, in addition to touring with Jack White and Courtney Barnett,[8] Booker, accompanied by drummer Max Norton,[9] will perform at Lollapalooza, FYF Fest, the Newport Folk Festival, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.[10][11]

Discography[edit]Edit

  • 2014 Violent Shiver Digital Single (US) (ATO Records)
  • 2014 Violent Shiver 7" Red limited edition, b/w "Spoon Out My Eyeballs" (ATO Records/Rough Trade Records)
  • 2014 Benjamin Booker (ATO Records/ Rough Trade Records)
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