Photo by Max Norton

Photo by Max Norton

His debut single is a searing rock track, he’s heading out on tour with Jack White in July, AND playing the Newport Folk Festival and Lollapalooza this summer. Things are looking good for Benjamin Booker.

The 22-year-old singer from New Orleans has a full-length album set for release later this year.

His single “Violent Shiver” doesn’t sound like anything else on the KCRW airwaves right now and is a much needed infusion of bluesy roughness.

It sounds like he’s been up all night drinking whiskey and smoking cigarettes with a guitar in his hand wherever he may go.

Between the rolling drums, sweet guitar licks and his confident delivery, I’m sold!

Expect big things…

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Editor’s Note: I stopped by the music library before posting this and spotted KCRW DJ Chris Muckley who had this to say about BB: “I had the pleasure of checking out a ton of up-and-coming bands and musicians last week at the Non-commvention, held at WXPN in Philadelphia. Not that it was a competition by any means, but in my opinion, Benjamin Booker totally won!”

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  • The Hawkline Monster

    I’m loving the vibe of the recording (I wonder who engineered this puppy). The recording alone has an older ’60′s analog feel to it. Songwriting wise, he’s got my attention. Thank you for the good share.