Nov 20 2019 reporter Christie Carras wrote in the LA Times..
“The best new artist category at the Grammys is always expected to introduce some unfamiliar names. But this year’s ticket, announced Wednesday morning, features one that’s nearly unheard of, prompting the question (and inevitable Google search): Who are Black Pumas?”
For example, I’m sitting in my son Sean’s kitchen on Salt Spring Island and he plays this amazing voice and band. What’s that?
“Black Pumas,” says Sean.
I made a note and couldn’t wait to discover a band I’d completely missed.
Black Pumas are a soul-funk duo from Austin, Texas. Guitarist-producer Adrian Quesada and singer/songwriter Eric Burton.
Eric needed to find his voice and Adrian had lots of music he’d created and produced but they needed a great singer to make magic.
On this Mulligan Stew Podcast, we welcome Eric Burton who spent years busking on the streets. For a small change. First in the Southwest of the US, then on the Santa Monica Pier in LA and finally on the streets of Austin Texas. (where he got busted for no permit)
Austin is where it all came together and those are the stories Eric brings to this Podcast.
Eric Burton, from busking in the streets to a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
What you hear in Eric’s voice is the pride in having done what he set out to do
“..make people respect you and have value for yourself”