As a kid singing in his West Virginia church, Eric Burton loved watching people respond to the power of the human voice. After moving around the country with his family including stints in California and New Mexico, Burton finally settled in Austin in 2016 and quickly cut his teeth busking in the streets. Whether it’s a bar, coffee shop, house party or even as the subject of a short documentary called “Street Music”, Eric makes an impression everywhere he plays.
Fast forward to the early fall of 2017, and musician/producer Adrian Quesada found himself with some rare downtime and began to write and record a collection of soul leaning instrumentals with the intent of eventually making a full album. The only catch was he had no singer or lyricist for the songs. Even in a town with so many talented musicians, finding the perfect voice was no easy task. He found himself putting out feelers for singers as far away as L.A. until local producer Bryan Ray, a mutual friend of Burton and Quesada, connected the two via email. One session led to another and after completing more than an album’s worth of material in a few days, Black Pumas was born. The sound is at times psychedelic, funky, bold, cinematic, but above all, soulful and sincere. Their debut album will be out late summer on Karma Chief Records, a new subsidiary of Ohio based Colemine Records.
3/11 @ Spiderhouse Ballroom – 11:30 p.m.
3/13 @ The Parish (Official SXSW Showcase) – 9 p.m.
3/15 @ Yard Dog – 3 p.m.
3/17 @ Hotel San Jose – 10 p.m.
3/23 @ KUTX and Mueller Present: Rock the Park – 7:45 p.m.