21 January, 2020Print
Best New Artist Nominees Black Pumas Perform On Ellen, Fallon + Austin City Limits Ahead of GRAMMYs
Watch A New Acoustic Performance of Their Viral Hit “Colors”: https://youtu.be/CKcMzEyWQ7c
“Colors” Has 25 Million Total Streams Worldwide
Black Pumas — the rising Austin duo of powerhouse vocalist Eric Burton and Grammy-winning producer and guitarist Adrian Quesada that has gone from local favorites to GRAMMY Best New Artist nominees in the span of one year — are making the TV rounds ahead of this weekend’s GRAMMY Awards. In the past week, they’ve performed on Ellen, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Austin City Limits.
Watch them perform “Colors” on Ellen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztB2aZvmsog
And catch the “soulful vibe” (Rolling Stone) they brought to their Fallon performance:https://youtu.be/EViQmY3O1cM
Their appearance on PBS’s Austin City Limits “captured lightning in a bottle” according to the Austin Chronicle. Watch their performance of “Fire” here:https://vimeo.com/379093054
Read an in-depth feature on Black Pumas over at Rolling Stone, which tracks their uncanny rise: https://bit.ly/2Rd90Uc
Last week, Black Pumas – in partnership with Colors x Studios – released a new live session performance of “OCT 33.” Set across the Colors x Studios backdrop, Eric Burton delivers a stunning solo performance that exemplifies why KCRW’s Best New Artist of 2019 “radiates soul at a wattage that may not be exactly street legal.” Watch here:https://youtu.be/susrNWvSsj8
And check out a new acoustic performance of “Colors” here:https://youtu.be/CKcMzEyWQ7c
Since the June 2019 release of their “perfectly realized” (The Guardian) self-titled debut album on ATO Records, Black Pumas have emerged as a live powerhouse thanks to their “acutely cinematic” (Pitchfork) soul-steeped sound and frontman Eric Burton’s “tireless, charismatic energy” (Rolling Stone).
The band’s hit single "Colors" has racked up over 20 million streams and been Shazamed 250k times, and the band's incredible live video of the song went viral with over 12 million views to date. In 2019, Black Pumas performed "Colors" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, following their network TV debut on CBS This Morning. “Colors” is currently Top 5 on AAA Radio, and is at the center of a new Bank Of America ad.
Black Pumas just added a 4th show (May 11th) at Stubb’s Amphitheatre in Austin after selling out consecutive dates on May 8th, 9th, and 10th. Earlier this month, the band announced performances at Coachella and Newport Folk Festival. They are currently on the road, and many shows are already sold out. Full dates below.
Watch Black Pumas in “Colors” | A Takeaway Show for La Blogatheque:https://youtu.be/xw4dez32gaE
Praise for Black Pumas
“A debut so perfectly realized by the standards they’ve set themselves that you wonder what could possibly come next.”
— The Guardian
“Few artists seem to tap the collective unease of the national moment quite like Austin’s Black Pumas... never missing a beat is the tireless, charismatic energy of singer Eric Burton.”
— Rolling Stone
“So much more expansive than retro soul...sounds like a record that The Black Keys would do with Marvin Gaye.”
— NPR Music
“The duo’s flair for drama is so stirring, they can seem acutely cinematic.”
“Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown…radiates soul at a wattage that may not be exactly street legal.”
“Staggering…the world does indeed need Black Pumas and their message right now.”
“The breakout band of 2019.”
— NPR Here & Now
”Exemplifies idiosyncratically modern soul…a staunch force as fresh as it is compelling.”
“Stirring retro soul.”
“They've already established hometown hero status thanks to their electric live shows…soul music that draws fresh inspiration from folk, hip-hop, and psychedelic music.”
— Pigeons & Planes