Listen to new Benjamin Booker song “Witness”: New Album June 2
Benjamin Booker has shared details for his new album ‘Witness,’ out June 2nd on ATO Records. The title track, Booker’s most profound and incisive song to date, features a guest vocal by Mavis Staples, and is available now via NPR, which notes that “The New Orleans-based songwriter — who’s favored a sound like the blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll mixed with gasoline and a lit cigarette — leans into more explicitly gospel territory here, letting his strepitous guitar take a backseat to an upright-piano melody and choral harmonies.”
On ‘Witness,’ Booker has created his most ambitious work yet by digging deep into his passion for eccentric soul, R&B, and blues – drawing on everything from William Onyeabor’s 70s African psych-rock to Freddie Gibbs and Pusha T, while never straying too far from the garage-punk intensity that made his self-titled 2014 debut such a creative breakthrough. The album’s ten new, original tracks were all written by Booker, produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby), and mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes).
Booker will tour extensively behind ‘Witness,’ including a stop in Austin next week for SXSW.
1. Right On You
3. Witness (feat. Mavis Staples)
4. The Slow Drag Under
5. Truth Is Heavy
8. Off The Ground
10. All Was Well