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Benjamin Booker Witness
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The powerful new album from Benjamin Booker is ripping out of our speakers a week early - stream it now. You won't regret it.

For an album steeped in blues, R'n'B and gospel, opening track 'Right on You' hits more like a punk freight train. And that's not a bad thing, shaking up preconceptions from the get-go, before immersing you in a masterful collection of songs that we've been hitting repeat on more than once. The title track, featuring the incomparable Mavis Staples, is an undoubted highlight, but there's not a dud on this album. Make sure you listen to it this week, either via NPR's First Play or the CBC Music First Listen.

We have labelled Witness with our editor's choice badge, which means we totally dig the record. Make sure you listen to it at least once. Witness will be released on Jun 02, 2017. It will be released via ATO Records. Stream it courtesy of NPR. Also check out our Benjamin Booker artist profile to find eventual tour dates in your area and links to the official web and social media pages of Benjamin Booker. Last but not least make sure you scroll down and check out reviews for 'Witness'.

And if you like what you hear, get it over at iTunes or Amazon.

Witness tracklist

1. Right On You
2. Motivation
3. Witness
4. The Slow Drag Under
5. Truth Is Heavy
6. Believe
7. Overtime
8. Off The Ground
9. Carry
10. All Was Well

Witness artwork

Witness artwork

Benjamin Booker tour dates:

07/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
07/27 - Denver, CO @ Underground Music Showcase
07/28 - SF Bay Area, CA @ Greek Theatre
07/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
08/26 - Lexington, KY @ Masterson Station Park
09/08 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
09/10 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
09/13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
09/15 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Unknown venue
09/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
09/29 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
09/30 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
10/03 - Dallas - Fort Worth, TX @ Trees
10/04 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/06 - Austin, TX @ Zilker Park
10/09 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
10/10 - St Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
10/11 - Overland Park, KS @ The Bottleneck
10/13 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/16 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
10/17 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10/20 - Boston / Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/22 - New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/23 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
10/26 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn Birmingham
10/27 - New Orleans, LA @ City Park

'Witness' Reviews

We currently know 11 reviews for "Witness" by Benjamin Booker. The album received pretty solid reviews among the critics and is one of the better ones this year.

"Benjamin Booker might not know where he's going, but he's well on his way."

89 % Austin Chronicle
"The production will frustrate those who demand cleaner sounds, who like their vocals to rise above the rhythm section. Instead the singer's voice folds into the noise, just another grimy texture on an album that treats the blues not as a museum piece, but as a roadmap of one prodigal son's early life."

88 % Chicago Tribune
"An absolute joy of a debut."

80 % Record Collector
"There is pain, frustration, beauty and love whistling away in every crevice of this album."

80 % musicOMH.com
"Singing with a maturity beyond his years, he crafts hooks that pay homage to Robert Johnson, Sam Cooke and the shambolic punk he grew up listening to."

80 % The Guardian
"Often doesn’t even sound like a record at all, and more like a live set."

80 % DIY Magazine
"His debut lives and breathes the Deep South, from the Chuck Berry references (most effective on opener 'Violent Shiver') to the slower, more hushed tones of 'I Thought I Heard You Screaming', which sees Booker take his vocal cues straight from Bobbie Gentry's late-’60s peak."

80 % New Musical Express (NME)
"An electrifying introduction to the future of the blues."

70 % Clash Music
"A New Orleans-based, Jack White-endorsed 25-yearold with an open sore of a voice and a love of distorted boogie-blues shredding, Booker is grafting new shoots into roots music."

70 % Rolling Stone
"It’s tough and grimy but you have to wonder how many others are out there bashing out similarly trashy rock who haven’t gotten Booker’s breaks"

60 % American Songwriter
"On close examination, his songcraft often stalls at the pupal (but promising) stage, but there is enough chutzpah here to steamroller such reservations."

60 % The Observer (UK)

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