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Benjamin Booker - FUV Live - 2014

by Russ Borris

This New Orleans-based musician is a classic case of an old soul in a young body. Though he is only 25, Benjamin Booker's music conjures the gospel and blues of the South. Blind Willie Johnson is a major influence on Booker, but you can also hear a modern punk influence in his music as well. His self-titled debut album is out today and we've made it our New Dig this week. We also invited Booker to come in to Studio A to play us some of his songs and talk about his musical journey.  We’ll hear that performance and conversation on this episode of FUV Live.

Question of the Day: Colorful Band Names

by Corny O'Connell

After playing The Black Keys this morning, I got to thinking of all the other bands and artists with colorful names. There's Maroon 5, P!nk and, of course, Whitesnake. How many can we come up with? Leave your suggestions in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Simply Red - "Holding Back the Years"

Al Green "Let's Stay Together"

Shocking Blue - "Venus"

The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army"

FUV's New Dig: Benjamin Booker

by Darren DeVivo

Benjamin Booker
Benjamin Booker
ATO Records

Benjamin Booker is a new artist poised to make a unique mark on the current landscape of American rock. His debut album, Benjamin Booker, sounds nothing like what we have heard in the past. This is no small feat. It’s not easy to create something fresh and new using the same basic materials as others who have come before. Booker taps into both the old masters as well as his contemporaries and – like Victor Frankenstein building the perfect beast – he takes bits and pieces from these influences to create new life. As if he is declaring his arrival, Booker sings, “I’m a new beginning,” in the song “Wicked Waters."