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Black Pumas

Black Pumas

ATO

Released: 20th June 2020



Limited Love Record Stores Release
Tri-Colour Vinyl Edition (Red White Black)
Produced by Quesada in his home studio and colored by Burton’s dark imagery and haunting vocals, the album is equally indebted to East Coast hip-hop as it is to classic funk and soul, resulting in a project that is of the moment rather than retro.

-DELUXE RED AND BLACK SPLATTER LP

-CONTAINS “LIVE AT ARLYN STUDIOS” CD

In 2017, Grammy Award-winning guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada had some down time between projects. He started writing some songs in his Austin studio, bringing in friends to play, with no particular plans for the results. After he had a few instrumentals down, he started asking around for a vocalist—he knew a lot of singers, but was looking for something different, someone who wasn’t already entrenched in the Austin scene.

Meantime, Eric Burton had recently made his way to Texas. He started busking at the Santa Monica pier, where he brought in a few hundred dollars a day and developed his performance skills. Burton travelled through the Western states before deciding to settle down in Austin—setting up his busking spot on a downtown street corner, at 6 th Street and Congress, for maximum exposure.

Weeks later, Quesada got a call out of the blue from someone named Eric Burton, who started singing over one of the tracks over the phone. “From the moment I heard him,” says Quesada, “I was all about it.”