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The Soulful Benjamin Booker Plays the Early Show at Mercury Lounge

April 2nd, 2014

Benjamin Booker is a soulful, gritty singer-songwriter and guitarist who’s recently signed with ATO Records after moving from Florida to New Orleans to pursue a career in music. American Songwriter describes him as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk and New Orleans blues,” some of which may have to do with his disparate musical influences, like Blind Willie Johnson, T. Rex and the Gun Club. The Guardian says that while he’s only 21, he “has vocal chords that sound as if they’ve been soaking in neat bourbon for at least twice that long.” Booker (above, playing “Violent Shiver”), who performs alongside drummer (and mandolinist) Max Norton, is a bit of a mystery, thanks to a minimal Internet presence. And although his debut album is due to arrive this fall, you don’t have to wait to see this emerging talent because he plays the early show tomorrow at Mercury Lounge.