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ACL Fest artist spotlight: Benjamin Booker

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Artist: Benjamin Booker

From: New Orleans, Lousiana

At the fest: Sat. 1 p.m., Austin Ventures; Continental Club aftershow Oct. 10, 11 p.m.

About the artist: A gut-bucket blues rocker with an anarchic punk rock sensibility, Booker developed his sound kicking around the Crescent City working for Americorps in the years after he graduated from college with a degree in journalism. A few of his demos made their way into circulation and with a distinctive sound marked by gravelly voice and blistering guitar riffs muddied by menacing distortion he rapidly attracted a host of influential fans, most notably Jack White, who took the young artist on tour as an opener earlier this year.

His set is early, and it’s in a tough time slot, programmed against rising rock band Spanish Gold. If you can’t quite swing it, or if you’re not going to the fest, by all means, go buy tickets to his aftershow at the Continental Club on Friday, Oct. 10. It’s an evening with the potential for much magic.

Could share a bill with: Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy, Bruce Springsteen