Benjamin Booker Had A Revelation Writing "Witness"
You may known Benjamin Booker for having the ability to create an in-your-face garage rock concept. Perhaps you can say that Booker has eased up on the gas pedal or you could say he's stomped on the brake because "Witness" could be his most politically charged piece of music to date.
The musician shared a statement regarding a writing trip to Mexico City in which he recalled his trek of overcoming writer's block. Attempting to stay away from technology and only getting a glimpse at the racial tensions back in the US here and there, it took a late-night racial incident outside a bar for Booker's mind to click. From here the singer knew the best course of action would be to tackle the problem head on. The talent then used a James Baldwin quote to inspire the creative process:
Witness is a word I've heard you use often to describe yourself. It is not a word I would apply to myself as a writer, and I don't know if any black writers with whom I am contemporary would, or even could, use the word. What are you a witness to?
Benjamin Booker's album Witness will be available June 2nd, 2017.
1. Right On You
3. Witness (feat. Mavis Staples)
4. The Slow Drag Under
5. Truth Is Heavy
8. Off The Ground
10. All Was Well
What did you think of the song?