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Benjamin Booker's Debut Single Out Digitally Today 08/04/14 in benjaminbooker

22-year-old New Orleans based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker, Rough Trade Records’ newest signing, releases his debut single ‘Violent Shiver’ digitally today. You can stream the track on Spotify HERE and buy it from Rough Trade HERE.

…And here’s a taste of what Booker and drummer Max Norton are like live:

A 7” of ‘Violent Shiver,’ backed with ‘Spoon Out My Eyeballs,’ will be released on 12th May and is available to pre-order HERE

Booker’s debut album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff), will be released this Autumn (full details coming soon!) via Rough Trade (ATO Records in the United States).

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. He is currently on tour in the US with Hurray For The Riff Raff.

Benjamin Booker – Upcoming Tour Dates

4/8 * – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Upstairs

4/9 * – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

4/10 * – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

5/2 ** – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater

5/3 ** – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater

5/11 – Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees Festival Masquerade Music Park & Old 4th Ward Park

5/18 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store

5/19 – London, UK @ Water Rats

5/20 – London, UK @ Old Blue Last

5/21 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen

5/24 – Paris, France, Mécanique Ondulatoire

5/27 – Hamburg, Germany, Molotow Exil w/Amazing Snakeheads

5/29 – Holland Park, Amsterdam, Paradiso

6/14 ^ – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

6/17 ^ – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

6/18 ^ – Boston, MA @ Sinclair

6/24 ^ – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

7/18-20 – Louisville, KY Forecastle Festival Louisville Waterfront Park

7/20 ^^ – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre

7/21 ^^ – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom

7/23 ^^ – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

7/24 ^^ – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre

7/28 ^^ – Detroit, MI @ The Fox Theatre

7/30 ^^ – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre

7/31 ^^ – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

8/1-3 – Chicago, IL Lollapalooza Grant Park

8/29-31 – Wiltshire, UK @ End of the Road Festival

  • supporting Hurray For The Riff Raff
    • supporting Drive-By Truckers
      ^ supporting Courtney Barnett
      ^^ supporting Jack White

“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.”