Saturday, July 26, 2014
In my humble opinion, Newport Folk will be introducing & unveiling one of the most exciting young new artists and songwriters to emerge on the scene, but I don’t think he’s part of any scene frankly.
He told me his influences which were “fan of The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex.” UM, OK, where do I sign up?
Audiences will be witness to a sound that’s urgent, emotional, and ball -breaking. It’s gritty like late 60s punk Detroit, but in the end, this is a young artist who’s a true blues man.
When I saw Benjamin in September for the first time, I got that special twinge (down my spine) and three songs into his set when he was singing “Retaliation!” I had to have it. I signed him later that evening.
I played his debut album for a close colleague/partner – and I’m still hung up on his quote which is “Benjamin Booker is exciting, raw, soulful, and has a brilliant relentless beat, that only those who love music truly understand.”
– Jon Salter
GM / ATO Records