Benjamin Booker to release new album ‘Witness’

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Benjamin Booker has shared details for his new album, Witness, out June 2nd 2017 on Rough Trade Records / Rhythmethod in New Zealand. The title track, Booker’s most profound and politically charged song to date, features a guest vocal by Mavis Staples, and is available now. Read Booker’s moving witness statement below.

To coincide with the release of “Witness,” Booker has shared a powerful personal statement recounting the song’s origins on a writing trip he took to Mexico City, during which James Baldwin’s observation that “Once you find yourself in another civilization you are forced to examine your own,” took on the weight of experience.  “Am I going to be a witness?” Booker asks in the statement (and the song). “And in today’s world, is that enough?” Continue reading

New Orlean’s 25 year old Benjamin Booker – Not actually rubbish!

Benjamin Booker’s self titled debut album is out now

on LP, CD and digital

ON ROUGH TRADE VIA RHYTHMETHOD

For one of our favourite Take Away Shows ever, French website La Blogothèque take Benjamin Booker for the usual street performance when some garbage men decide to stick him in a bin…

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ALL IN GOOD SPIRITS OF COURSE…

Another song ‘Happy Homes’ recorded on the same day is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3lZvjs3LwY

Clash Magazine had a chat professing “I’m not good at keeping diaries or talking to people, and I don’t have a therapist, so sometimes stuff builds up and you’ve got to do something with it…” 

Cute photo of him wearing a Courtney Barnett t-shirt! Nawwhh…

http://www.clashmusic.com/features/clash-meets-benjamin-booker

The Guardian (UK) is warning Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and Jack White to watch their backs..!

Read that here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/aug/14/benjamin-booker-review-blues-rock

Speaking of Jack White… guess which album was the first Benjamin Booker ever bought?

It scares the bajeebaz out of us but find out from the New York Times by clicking HERE

Anyhoo – point being – if you haven’t had a chance to check him out – now is good!

NPR – First Listen

NZ Media – contact me!

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BENJAMIN BOOKER reveals new video

BENJAMIN BOOKER?

reveals video for

‘Have You Seen My Son?’

Album Release August 15th

 

24-year-old New Orleans based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker has premiered the video for his latest song ‘Have You Seen My Son?’. The clip, directed by Rick Alverson, shows Booker exploring the cells and grounds of a once active penitentiary prison in Virginia, US.

‘Have You Seen My Son?’ is taken from Booker’s debut, self-titled album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) and out via Rough Trade / Rhythmethod on 15th August.

Watch the new video via the image below.

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Pre-order Benjamin Booker now and receive ‘Violent Shiver’ and ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ as instant grat – http://tinyurl.com/nex69mx

Blazing guitars, gutty vocals, powerful drumming — not to mention some serious background “woo hoos” — make this a song to beat this summer for sheer energy and fun.

The song is ferocious and danceable, and this 22-year-old New Orleans native may have just schooled the rest of us on what’s really cool.” – NPR

 

“A rush of raw blues-rock abandon” –Q Magazine

 

“Rampaging, infectious, and a voice that melds the juvenile and the world-weary” –Guardian

“A properly tasty, garage cooked riot” -Classic Rock Magazine“

 

“He likes to leave the rough edges intact, bringing to mind the houserockin’ records that Hound Dog Taylor once did for Alligator Records in the ’70s.”  – American Songwriter 

 

“It might look like just two people onstage but Benjamin Booker’s voice surely counts as a band member in its own right. Soulful and sandpaper-rough…” – The Guardian 

 

“he takes the ripped, raw racket of The Dirtbombs and smothers it in fuzzy, inherently moody-sounding riffs that recall The Gun Club and T Rex in equal measure.” – NME

 

Want more? Earlier in the year Booker made his American network TV debut with David Letterman performing first single ‘Violent Shiver’. Watch the performance by clicking HERE.

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BENJAMIN BOOKER ONLINE:

Official Website http://www.benjaminbookermusic.com/

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Twitter https://twitter.com/bbookerNOLA

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Instagram http://instagram.com/benjaminbookernola

Rough Trade: http://www.roughtraderecords.com/

The Label: http://thelabel.co.nz/category/benjamin-booker/

Benjamin Booker’s Debut Single ‘Violent Shiver’ Out Now


+ Debut Album Set For Spring 2014 Release

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22-year-old New Orleans based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker, Rough Trade Records’ newest signing, releases his debut single ‘Violent Shiver’ digitally.

Stream the track on Spotify here: http://www.smarturl.it/zp9m8q And get a taste for what he and drummer Max Norton are like live here: 

A 7” of ‘Violent Shiver,’ backed with ‘Spoon Out My Eyeballs,’ will be released on 9th May.

Booker’s debut album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff), will be released this Spring (full details coming soon!) via Rough Trade

Booker has been hand-picked to open for Jack White on a series of US July dates, and following his first UK headline tour in May will play a series of US dates with Courtney Barnett & Drive By Truckers. He is currently on tour in the US with Hurray For The Riff Raff.

“Benjamin Booker blasted a raw brand of blues/boogie/soul,” observed the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot in his SXSW wrap-up. “He likes to leave the rough edges intact, bringing to mind the houserockin’ records that Hound Dog Taylor once did for Alligator Records in the ’70s.” American Songwriter said, “The 22-year-old New Orleans guitarist/songwriter – joined live by drummer/mandolin player Max Norton – took the stage as an unknown and…stepped off the stage a conqueror.” “It might look like just two people onstage but Benjamin Booker’s voice surely counts as a band member in its own right. Soulful and sandpaper-rough…” noted The Guardian while NME said, “he takes the ripped, raw racket of The Dirtbombs and smothers it in fuzzy, inherently moody-sounding riffs that recall The Gun Club and T Rex in equal measure.”

 

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