Sounds Like: Howlin' Wolf's scrawny, bipolar little cousin discovered a fuzzbox. A Pop-Rocks-and-soda cocktail for anyone who's ever wished for a younger, edgier version of Tedeschi Trucks Band.
For Fans Of: Jack White, Ty Segall, Reignwolf
Why You Should Pay Attention: His debut LP, Violent Shiver, isn't out until August 19th, but Booker has already checked off some career milestones more worthy of a road-tested vet: a string of dates opening for Jack White, an appearance on Letterman, and a spot on Lollapalooza. It's an impressive running start coming from someone who hadn't played a live show until the summer of 2012. His ascendance comes totally organically, and from someone who never intended to chase the musical dream – he went to school for journalism and chalks up his newfound success to luck. After playing acoustic shows here and there in his adopted home of New Orleans, he got frustrated with the pace, got a band together and is reluctant to give himself anymore credit than having a rep from ATO Records show up at one of his shows.
He Says: "I was just doing acoustic stuff by myself in New Orleans for empty rooms. But then the music thing started picking up and I just didn't want to play acoustic shows anymore — because you know, acoustic shows are super boring."
Hear For Yourself: The catchy album opener "Violent Shiver" chugs along like a cross-country locomotive complete with whistle blowing whoops from the conductor. By Marielle Anas