Benjamin Booker, the Virginia-born, New Orleans-based singer-songwriter, has performed a new version, with his trio, of Patsy Cline’s 1957 country classic ‘Walkin’ After Midnight.’ The cover is part of the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover series of interpretations of vintage songs by modern-day artists, and you can watch it above.
Cline recorded the original ‘Walkin’ After Midnight,’ written by Alan Block and Donn Hecht, late in 1956 with producer Paul Cohen and saw it climb to No. 2 on Billboard’s country chart, and No. 12 pop. It was her first success after four previous singles — ‘A Church, A Courtrtoom and Goodbye,’ ‘Hidin’ Out,’ ‘I Love You Honey’ and ‘I’ve Loved and Lost Again’ — had all failed to make any chart impression.
Booker’s self-titled debut album was released last year and was widely praised by media outlets ranging from SPIN to the New Musical Express. He performed the single ‘Violent Shiver’ on David Letterman’s late night show.
He’s currently touring in Europe, with an appearance today (Sunday) at Scotland’s T In The Park Festival, then a quick hop to Switzerland to play the Montreux Jazz Festival tomorrow. Booker then plays the Longitude and Latitude Festivals (July 17 and 18) before dates in South Korea and Japan and US shows from August 6.
Previous versions of the much-covered ‘Walkin’ After Midnight’ have included interpretations by Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, the Cowboy Junkies and Madeleine Peyroux.
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