The past year has been a big one for Benjamin Booker: handpicked by Jack White to open for him on tour, appearance on Letterman and Conan, and, today, the release of his debut album, one surrounded by some serious (and well-deserved) buzz.
Jack White knows what he’s talking about. You’re going to want to download this album immediately.
Benjamin, 25, grew up in Virginia Beach and Tampa, listening to The White Stripes (telling The New York Times The White Stripes “Elephant” was the first record he ever bought). Among his influences: Blind Willie Johnson, T. Rex, and The Gun Club.
After being discovered and signed by ATO Records (Hurray For the Riff Raff, Alabama Shakes, and Drive-By Truckers), he recorded his self-described “punk blues” album in Nashville in just six days. This is accessible, on-fire, to move-your-body kind of music, served with a side of pop and reverb (See: “Violent Shiver” and “Always Waiting” and “Chippewa.”)
Check out the band’s full performance on KEXP.