New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker has released his debut self-titled record and it is one fiery blues frenzy. The 25-year-old guitar player learned from greats like The Gun Club and Blind Willie Johnson along with contemporaries like The Black Keys and The Strokes, and paired that with his raw, soulful vocals. Watch the raucous lead single ‘Violent Shiver’ performed on Letterman or get lost in the sheer energy of ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ performed on Conan and turn it up!
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Get stoked kids, Toronto’s biggest music festival NXNE is back for 2014! Four MMR artists have made the trek north to showcase during the fest. From Benjamin Booker‘s garage-blues to Mas Ysa‘s eclectic electronic, Thought Beneath Film‘s pop-punk energy to Language Arts‘ whimsical dream pop we’ve got every music fan covered! We’ve listed their sets below and you can see the full schedule or buy wristbands right here.
Friday, June 20th 9PM @ Budweiser Music House at Horseshoe Tavern
Saturday, June 21st 10PM @ Silver Dollar Room
Thursday, June 19th 10PM @ Silver Dollar Room
Thursday, June 19th 10PM @ Tattoo
Friday, June 20th 1AM @ Adelaide Hall
Saturday, June 21st 6:30PM @ The Great Hall
Thought Beneath Film
Friday, June 20th 10PM @ Sneaky Dee’s
Tour dates with Jack White set for July including Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on 7/31
First single ‘Violent Shiver’ available now - full-length debut to be released later in 2014
ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings are excited to announce the signing of Benjamin Booker, a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter. Described as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk, and New Orleans blues,” Booker cites his influences as The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex.
Benjamin’s self-titled debut album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) will be released in Fall 2014.
A 7″ of his first single, ‘Violent Shiver,’ backed with ‘Spoon Out My Eyeballs,’ will be released on May 13. Last week Zane Lowe premiered ‘Violent Shiver’ on his BBC Radio 1 show and NME named it as one of the “Tracks You Have To Hear This Week,” observing, “it’s made great by Benjamin Booker’s vocal, which is rough and loud and harsh with that all-American whiskey/cigarette/flu type of hoarseness… and his proficiency on the guitar hints at someone who’s been playing the instrument for most of his 20-odd years.”