Austin duo Black Pumas released their self-titled debut on ATO Records in June. Busker-turned-frontman Eric Burton and Grammy-winning guitarist/ producer Adrian Quesada continue their journey from local phenomenon to full touring force with a stop at U Street Music Hall on Thursday, Sept. 12.
After making their name during a residency at C-Boys in Austin that quickly became “the hottest party in town” (Austin-American Statesman) on the back of Burton’s “whirlwind of movement and gesture” (Chicago Tribune), Black Pumas have emerged not only as a live juggernaut but an incredibly capable and creative studio band. Across 10 tracks on the debut album, the band brings together woozy Ghostface Killah instrumentals, Motown rhythms, and the introspective grandeur of dusty highway folk-rock to create what Uncut calls “a soul explosion.”
Watch the official live video for “Black Moon Rising” by Black Pumas on YouTube:
In a review for AllMusic, Andy Kellman hailed Black Pumas as a “faintly psychedelic, wholeheartedly vintage-sounding Cali-Tex soul duo.”
Eric “testifies with conviction, embodies roles ranging from troubled everyman to enamored lover — with grit in varying grades — and applies his experience in turning surprised heads within earshot,” Andy wrote.