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The Georgia Straight - - Music -

BEN­JAMIN BOOKER After his self-ti­tled 2013 de­but al­bum racked up ac­claim from su­per­stars such as Jack White and Courtney Bar­nett, Ben­jamin Booker fell into a slump. Strug­gling with writer’s block for his fol­low-up record, the blues-rock artist packed on the pounds and turned to drugs. After months of in­tro­spec­tion and an im­pul­sive move to Mex­ico City, Booker re­turned with Wit­ness, a gospel-in­fused out­ing that puts his dark days down on wax. Hav­ing re­gained his swag­ger after a string of rave re­views, the artist is in de­mand for high-end fes­ti­vals and guest ap­pear­ances on late-night talk shows, where his gruff vo­cals and soul­ful, po­lit­i­cal lyrics add a punk edge to thick, swampy gui­tar licks.

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