The plan this afternoon originally called for an hour session with the heavy iron, except that I didn’t realize that the gym closed early on Saturdays given that I have usually completed all my workouts by this time. So, instead, I only had time to slip in this quick 30 minute core session instead with the ‘Live at Third Man Records‘ album by Benjamin Booker.
I had no idea who Benjamin Booker was. I still don’t. All I know is that I found this album one afternoon while trolling through the KickAss Torrents site before that went tits up and seeing that is was a Third Man Records release, I downloaded it since I am a fan of the label and love this series of live recordings.
I consulted the Google box when I got home and learned that Benjamin Booker is a New Orleans musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist who cites both Blind Willie Johnson and T. Rex as influences and whose music has been described by the Chicago Tribune as “a raw brand of blues/boogie/soul”.
Okay, so this explains why I enjoyed the album so much.
Booker himself has this to say about this album:
“This record is the result of a year on the road. Its the best nights of my life and nights I would give anything to take back. It’s sleeping in parking lots and sleeping with people for beds. It’s eating bad food with good folks. It’s makeups and breakups. It’s missing home and never wanting to go back.
Somehow I’m still here. Somehow the boys and I managed to keep things going. We learned from each other. We grew tighter as a band. The songs changed and on the night of September 24th we stepped into that building in Nashville to capture that.”
The only crime is that I’m only limited myself to a 30 minute mat session of crunches and planks while enjoying it.