Benjamin Booker – Wicked Waters (Live on KEXP)
When I first heard Benjamin Booker a couple of years back, it was when he was unsigned to a label, but the buzz he was attracting from his live shows was getting him quite a bit of press.
The song I remember playing on “Cut Me Some Slack” was called “Violent Shiver” and it only took me a couple of plays to think “that this could be the start of something big”. I was having one of my more optimistic moments.
Violent Shiver is a wicked blend of garage-rock, soul, with a big pop-hook. Don’t forget the fuzzy guitar tones and of course, best played loud. The debut album plays out in a similar fashion.
So, I read a couple of weeks ago that he’s releasing his second album in June “Witness” and first single of the same name has also surfaced. It features Mavis Staples. Bonus points right there. The new song is definitely leaning to a more Gospel sound and when you read the accompanying essay that Booker wrote to go alongside it, it kinda makes sense. It’s in the link below and worth 5 minutes of your time.
Here’s one of the standout tracks from the debut album. Rock, Rockabilly, Blues…maybe more Chuck Berry than Muddy Waters. What I do know however, is that we need more of Benjamin Booker.