Black Pumas

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Black Pumas
Black Pumas first album artwork
Black Pumas first album artwork
Background information
OriginAustin, Texas, U.S.
Years active2017–present
LabelsATO Records
  • Eric Burton
  • Adrian Quesada

Black Pumas is an American psychedelic soul band based in Austin, Texas, led by singer/songwriter Eric Burton and guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada.[1][2] The group received its first Grammy Award nomination in 2020 for Best New Artist at the 62nd awards.


In 2017, singer and songwriter Eric Burton made his way from California to Texas. Born in the San Fernando Valley, he grew up singing in church and then got heavily involved in musical theater. He started busking at the Santa Monica Pier, where he brought in a few hundred dollars a day and developed his performance skills. Burton traveled through the Western states, studying music at New Mexico State University before deciding to settle down and busk in Austin, Texas.[1][3][4][5]

In the meantime, Grammy Award-winning guitarist and producer Adrian Quesada was looking to collaborate with someone new. Through a mutual friend, Quesada connected with Burton. Quesada felt that Burton's vocals were a match for the retro-funk- and R&B-flavored tracks Quesada had been working on and the two joined forces in 2018 as Black Pumas.[1][3][4]

Quesada was a member of Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma when it won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for the 2010 album El Existential, and when it was previously nominated for the same award in 2008 for Sonidos Gold.[1][3][4]

Working out their material both in the studio and on-stage during a weekly residency at Austin's C-Boys Heart & Soul Bar, they signed a deal with ATO Records and released a pair of singles, "Black Moon Rising" and "Fire".


The duo released their debut album, Black Pumas, on June 21, 2019. They performed at South by Southwest in 2019 and won a best new band trophy at the 2019 Austin Music Awards. On November 20, 2019, they were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.[1][2]

The album received acclaim from Rolling Stone, who praised "the tireless, charismatic energy of singer Eric Burton",[3] and Pitchfork, who wrote "The duo's flair for drama is so stirring, they can seem acutely cinematic",[6] as well as NPR, The Fader, The Guardian, Billboard, Essence and Headliner Magazine, among others.

Black Pumas made their network TV debut on CBS This Morning[7] and performed "Colors" on Jimmy Kimmel Live![8] along with a taping on season 45 of Austin City Limits.[9] The band's single "Colors" later reached number one on AAA radio. The single has been streamed over 100 million times across all platforms. Meanwhile, the official live video of “Colors” has been viewed over 57 million times on YouTube.

In 2020, the band performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show,[10] The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,[11] Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert[12] who premiered their live cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”.

The band has sold out multiple tours across North America and Europe. In their hometown of Austin, Texas, Black Pumas became the first band to sell out four consecutive shows at Stubbs, one of the city's live venues,[13] and on May 7, 2020, mayor Steve Adler proclaimed the date as Black Pumas Day.

On November 24, 2020, “Colors” received Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Best American Roots Performance, while their self-titled album received a nomination for Album of the Year, at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.[14]

In January 2021, then President-Elect Joe Biden invited the Black Pumas to perform during his “Celebrating America” Primetime Special during the President's Inauguration activities.[15] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band performed virtually.

In September 2021, Black Pumas were awarded Duo/Group of the year at the 20th Annual Americana Honors & Awards.[16]


  • Eric Burton – vocals, guitar
  • Adrian Quesada – guitar

Backing band[edit]

  • Angela Miller – backup vocals, tambourine
  • Lauren Cervantes – backup vocals
  • JaRon Marshall – keyboards
  • Brendan Bond – bass
  • Stephen Bidwell – drums (WVU Drumline RFL)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions




Black Pumas
  • Released: June 21, 2019[27]
  • Label: ATO
86 4 11 70 79 112 51 46 81 58


Title Year Peak chart positions Album









"Black Moon Rising"[36] 2018 31 Black Pumas
"Colors" 2019 12 1 37 21 46 25 10 43 99
"OCT 33"[37] 2020 [A]
"Fire"[38] 3 [B] [C] 20
"I'm Ready"[40] 34 Black Pumas (Deluxe)
"Christmas Will Really Be Christmas"[41] Non-album singles
(featuring Lucius)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award show Category Nominated work Result
2020 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Nominated
2021 Grammy Awards Record of the Year "Colors" Nominated
American Roots Performance Nominated
Album of the Year Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) Nominated


  1. ^ "OCT 33" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop Top 50, but charted as an extra tip on the Flanders Ultratop Bubbling Under chart.[20]
  2. ^ "Fire" did not enter the Rock Songs chart, but peaked at number 40 on the Rock Airplay chart.[39]
  3. ^ "Fire" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop Top 50, but charted as an extra tip on the Flanders Ultratop Bubbling Under chart.[20]


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  2. ^ a b Rowley, Glenn (November 20, 2019). "Black Pumas: 5 Things to Know About the 2020 Best New Artist Grammy Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Browne, David (2020-01-21). "Black Pumas: Rise of a Psychedelic-Soul Force". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  4. ^ a b c "Black Pumas: 'We're not trying to make a political statement'". The Independent. 2020-01-23. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  5. ^ Taylor, Spencer (January 3, 2020). "Movers & Shakers 2020: Grammy nominee Eric Burton honed his musicianship in Las Cruces". Las Cruces Sun-News. Las Cruces, New Mexico. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  6. ^ "Black Pumas: Black Pumas". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  7. ^ "Saturday Sessions: Black Pumas perform "Colors"". Retrieved 2020-02-06 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Black Pumas - Colors". Retrieved 2020-02-06 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Watch The Raconteurs and Black Pumas on Austin City Limits". Retrieved 2020-02-06 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "Black Pumas Perform 'Colors'". Retrieved 2020-02-06 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Black Pumas: Colors". Retrieved 2020-02-06 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Black Pumas: "Fast Car". Retrieved 2020-06-16 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ "Black Pumas' Unparalleled Four-Show Stubb's Booking".
  14. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2021: See the List". The New York Times. 2020-11-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  15. ^ "Eclectic mix of Texans featured in Biden's inauguration events". The Houston Chronicle. 19 January 2021.
  16. ^ Leimkuehler, Matthew. "Americana Awards 2021: A list of winners". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
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  18. ^ "Black Pumas – Chart History: Americana/Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  19. ^ "Black Pumas – Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
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  21. ^ "Discografie Black Pumas". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
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  27. ^ "Black Pumas by Black Pumas on Apple Music". 21 June 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  28. ^ "Black Pumas – Chart History: Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  29. ^ "Black Pumas – Chart History: Adult Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  30. ^ "Black Pumas – Chart History: Adult Top 40". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  31. ^ "Black Pumas – Chart History: Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  32. ^ "Black Pumas – Chart History: Hot Canadian Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  33. ^ "Black Pumas – Chart History: Canada Rock". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  34. ^ "Nationale Airplay Top 50 13/07/2019". Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  35. ^
  36. ^ "Fire / Black Moon Rising - Single by Black Pumas on Apple Music". Apple Music. 24 August 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  37. ^ "OCT 33 - A COLORS SHOW - Single by Black Pumas on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  38. ^ "Fast Car b/w Fire - Single by Black Pumas on Apple Music". Apple Music. 9 June 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  39. ^ "Black Pumas – Chart History: Rock Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  40. ^ "I'm Ready (Live) by Black Pumas on Apple Music". Apple Music. 11 September 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  41. ^ "Black Pumas Cover Lou Rawls' 'Christmas Will Really Be Christmas'". JamBase. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  42. ^ "Strangers (feat. Lucius) [From "Life In A Day"] - Single by Black Pumas on Apple Music". Apple Music. 4 February 2021. Retrieved February 18, 2021.