Benjamin Booker talks leaving Tampa, playing 'Letterman,' touring with Jack White and more
Only about a year and half after starting to play music in Tampa, Benjamin Booker has found big success — signing with ATO Records (the home of Alabama Shakes and My Morning Jacket), playing with Jack White and, this wednesday, performing on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Booker, 24, grew up in Tampa, staying until he graduated from Hillsborough High School. He lived in Tampa for a while, working at Mojo Books & Music and playing with drummer Max Norton before leaving for New Orleans. When he plays Letterman this week, Norton will be behind the kit, as will another former Tampa musician, Alex Spoto.
"We're hoping that it's all right — obviously I'm really, really nervous doing it," Booker said in an interview. "I honestly can't tell you how these things happen; it's just been falling into place. Since we started playing, it's been very quickly building. I literally just get emails every couple of weeks where I'm just like, 'Oh, my God, I can't believe that we're doing this' with something new that's coming up. I don't know exactly how it happened, but I'm psyched that it's happening."
For more of Jimmy Geurts' interview with Benjamin Booker, click here.