Benjamin Booker AlbumFor Those Who Like: Gary Clark, Jr., Chuck Berry, Jack White, B. Hamilton

He’s been applauded for his fiery performance at Newport Folk Festival. He was picked to open Jack White’s latest tour. He’s being acknowledged as a guitar wunderkind for his combination of deft touch, slaying, and gritty, bluesy style. For many, this would mark the high points of a long career, but for Benjamin Booker this is only the beginning, as he is just 25 years old.

The accolades bestowed on the Tampa-born, New Orleans-based Booker are well deserved, and his self-titled debut record of electrifying blues-rock only validates the hype. On the classic rock numbers, like the stunning opener, “Violent Shiver”, you wouldn’t be the first to think that Chuck Berry was reincarnated. On the gritty, garage rock on numbers like “Always Waiting”, “Chippewa”, and the fantastic “Have You Seen My Son”, these tracks beckon to The Black Keys in their early days or San Francisco/Oakland area artists like Ty Segall and B. Hamilton. Like these great artists, Booker shows a great ability to craft together infectious hooks and just rock out. Add his raspy voice that strongly hints to Louis Armstrong, and you get the feel that you’re at a classic rock ‘n roll show. This feeling isn’t any more apparent than the slow burning, rapturously climatic  “Spoon Out My Eyeballs”.

Booker also shows a deft touch with the acoustic and electric guitars on the slower, bluesy tunes, such as “Wicked Waters”, “I Thought I Heard You Screaming”, and “By the Evening”. It is on these tracks where his voice really shines, giving the songs that southern blues feel. It’s like listening to a veteran songwriter play the blues on the patio, but this bluesman is still decades away from collecting Social Security.

For all the hype and expectations, Booker’s debut album is euphoric and masterful. It’s an album that will likely be on the many “Best of” lists  of 2014, and it might be an album that is long remembered years from now.

Benjamin Booker arrives on August 19, and you can order it at the Benjamin Booker Store, iTunes, and Amazon. Booker and his band are on tour right now. Tour dates with links to purchase tickets are below.

Website – http://www.benjaminbookermusic.com/
Facebook – Benjamin Booker
Twitter – @bbookerNOLA

Aug 19 Leo’s Oakland, CA Tickets
Aug 20 Brick & Mortar Music Hall San Francisco, CA Tickets
Aug 21 The Echo Los Angeles, CA Tickets
Aug 22 Soda Bar San Diego, CA Tickets
Aug 24 FYF Fest Los Angeles, CA Tickets
Aug 29 End of the Road Festival @ Larmer Tree Gardens North Dorset District, United Kingdom Tickets
Aug 29 Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival @ Stradbally Estate County Laois, Ireland Tickets
Sep 02 100 Club London, United Kingdom Tickets
Sep 05 Louisiana Bristol, United Kingdom Tickets
Sep 06 O2 Academy Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom Tickets
Sep 08 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, United Kingdom Tickets
Sep 09 Think Tank Newcastle, United Kingdom Tickets
Sep 10 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, United Kingdom Tickets
Sep 11 Bodega Social Nottingham, United Kingdom Tickets
Sep 13 The Ruby Lounge Manchester, United Kingdom Tickets
Sep 14 Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff, United Kingdom Tickets
Sep 25 High Watt Nashville, TN Tickets
Sep 26 Zanzabar Louisville, KY Tickets
Sep 27 Schubas Chicago, IL Tickets
Sep 29 Turf Club St Paul, MN Tickets
Oct 01 The Record Bar Kansas City, MO Tickets
Oct 03 Three Links Dallas, TX Tickets
Oct 04 Austin City Limits Austin, TX Tickets
Oct 11 Austin City Limits Austin, TX Tickets
Oct 17 The Bottletree Birmingham, AL Tickets
Oct 18 Vinyl Atlanta, GA Tickets
Oct 20 U Street Music Hall Washington, DC Tickets
Oct 21 World Cafe Live – Downstairs Philadelphia, PA Tickets
Oct 22 TT the Bear’s Cambridge, MA Tickets
Oct 24 Club Downunder Tallahassee, FL
Oct 25 Coral Skies Music Festival Tampa, FL Tickets
Oct 26 Coral Skies Music Festival West Palm Beach, FL Tickets
Oct 29 The Social Orlando, FL Tickets
Oct 30 High Dive Gainesville, FL Tickets
Oct 31 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL Free
Nov 01 Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, LA

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