Benjamin Booker was one of the new breed of bluesmen in the new millennium, one who drew equally from post-war electric blues, trashy garage punk, and a bit of classic rock -- one who was influenced by the rise of the White Stripes and the music that inspired that seminal Detroit duo. This much was evident from his eponymous debut, released on ATO Records in August of 2014. He recorded the effort with producer Andrija Tokic, who helmed the debut by kindred spirits Alabama Shakes, and promoted its release with several performances in the summer of 2014, including a jam session with Jack White that seemed a bit like a passing of the torch.
Such success suggested Booker was an overnight sensation, and it is true the Tampa Bay native had a sudden rise to success. After spending some time in Gainesville and New Orleans, he returned to his home in Florida and had been playing in a duo with drummer Max Norton -- the two were billed as Booker & Norton -- for just over a year prior to signing to ATO Records. Subsequent to the signing, Bookerwent out as a solo artist while retaining Norton as his main collaborator, with Tokic helping to fill out the sound in the studio. Benjamin Booker came out a few months after its recording, appearing in August of 2014.