Based in New Orleans, Booker draws his influence from post-war electric Blues, and garage punk. In 2017 he released ‘Witness’ an album that he created in response to the racial tensions facing America in 2017. The title track features civil rights icon and Bluesfest favourite Mavis Staples and is an anthem which demands listeners to answer the question: “Am I going to be a Witness?” and in today’s world, “Is that enough?” Booker creates powerful music, that is as exhilarating and well-crafted as it is significant.
"A punk & grit-infused songwriter whose ecstatic and soulful sounds channel vintage soul-rock, gospel, and blues.”
“Makes retro music feel modern, reflecting on racism in America while drawing on blues, soul, and gospel.”
"Benjamin Booker wants to be more than just another guy with a guitar. He glided across the stage, stepping off and onto a lower platform to get closer to the crowd. He threw one hand in the air to emphasize what should be emphasized, but never did too much. Has he been studying later career performances from the late, great Marvin Gaye?"
– The Chicago Tribune
Benjamin Booker also appears at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 on Saturday 31st March & Monday 1st April.