Black Pumas’ Eric Burton Invokes Classic Soul Sounds Keep An Eye Out For Their Debut Album Slated For Release June 21st
AUSTIN, TX- During SXSW, Capital One hosted a series of musical showcases and discussion panels at the venerable Austin blues establishment, Antone’s. The musical line-up for this year (its fifth) was particularly on point with some very big names headlining each of the four evenings (Bishop Briggs, Chvrches, St. Paul & The Broken Bones & Jungle), and some terrific rising and local talent. On the evening featuring Jungle, Austin’s rising stars Black Pumas gave a standout performance.
It was a performance that oozed a classic soul sonics, I would stop short of calling it a throwback sound. Think of what Amy Winehouse did for 60’s soul. I’d say Black Pumas are doing the same with 70’s soul.
A lot of that soul comes from Black Pumas’ frontman Eric Burton. His raspy tenor had me feeling some serious Wilson Pickett vibes and the way he seemed to put every ounce of his spirit in every note he sang was spellbinding. You can’t ignore passion like that. It demands attention.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the superb playing of the band itself. Led by Grammy Award winning guitarist Adrian Quesada, the Black Pumas’ arrangements sounded on-point and meticulous. From the soulful backup singers, to the highly technical guitar solos, anyone in the audience could tell that this was a well-oiled machine; and that musical refinement gave the performance a class and polish that was beyond reproach.
Obviously, others outside of their Austin circle have taken notice of Black Pumas as they are now a signed artist to ATO records, and will be releasing the debut full length album on June 21st. I’d suggest that you start following them because I have a feeling that you’ll be seeing (and hearing) more from this band in the very near future.
Black Pumas are will start touring later this month, starting in Brooklyn, NY before heading over to Europe for a string of gigs opening for The Heavy (those are going to be some fantastic shows!) before touring through North America through July 23rd.