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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.