James Booker

James Booker (1939-1983) wasn’t just a titan in any music scene. He was a titan in the New Orleans music scene, which makes him a protean figure in the soundscape of essential Americana. His marriage of rhythm ‘n’ blues and barrel-chested, gut-bucket soul was inspired, and inspirational. Booker was the prime influence on generations of musicians, including — but by no means limited to — Harry Connick Jr., who considers Booker his mentor. An obvious prodigy and an insatiable student of sound, he developed a singularly devastating performance idiom by immersing himself in music of every... Read More

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