I’ve written quite a bit about the acclaimed and rapidly rising Austin, TX-based soul act, Black Pumas throughout the course of this past year, and as you may recall, the act which is led by Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter and guitarist Adrian Quesada and 27 year old singer/songwriter Eric Burton and features a cast of collaborators can trace its origins to when Burton, a popular street performer in his native Los Angeles busked his way across country to Austin, where he met Quesada.
Black Pumas released their self-titled, full-length debut earlier this year, and since its release the act has been on a relentless touring schedule that has included three stops in New York alone: The Knitting Factory, back in May; Mercury Lounge, back in July; and Brooklyn Bowl last month. Album single “Colors” exploded nationally when a live version of the song amassed over 4 million YouTube views — and since then, the song has become the most added song to Adult Album Alternative (AAA) radio. During a rather busy touring schedule to support their full-length debut, the members of the rapidly rising JOVM mainstays have managed to squeeze in some time to film a live session performing their debut’s material. Naturally, the live footage reveals a band that’s quickly become a well-oiled machine on stage. Recently, the band released another segment from that live session — the shimmering, Muscle Scholes-like soul jam “Fire,” arguably the sweetest and most direct love song on the entire album.
As I mentioned, the members of Black Pumas have quickly developed a reputation for a stellar and uplifting live show — and a relentless touring schedule. After their appearance on Kimmel, the band will be making stops across the Rocky Mountain region and the Pacific Coast. Throughout most of November, they’ll be playing across the European Union before returning to the States to close out 2019. They return to Europe to open 2020 on tour. Check out the tour dates below. Heed my advice. If they’re in your town, catch them, so you can say that you saw them just before they blow up.