AUSTIN, Texas – Live music may be hard to come by these days but Austin’s Black Pumas are making the case that the city may be the country’s music capital.
On Tuesday, the band received three 2021 Grammy nominations: Album of the Year for Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition), Record of the Year for Colors, and Best American Roots Performance, also for Colors.
Black Pumas, a duo, is made up of singer-songwriter Eric Burton and guitarist-producer Adrian Quesada. Their sound has been described as American psychedelic soul.
The two received a Grammy Award nomination in 2020 for Best New Artist.
The band’s eponymous debut was released in June 2019, the group performed at South by Southwest that same year, and the duo won the Best New Band trophy at the 2019 Austin Music Awards.
The debut album won widespread acclaim, with Rolling Stone citing “the tireless, charismatic energy of singer Eric Burton.”
The two made their network television debut on CBS This Morning, performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and taped a performance for Austin City Limits.
The band later appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The group has toured the United States and Europe, selling out venues along the way, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed May 7, 2020, Black Pumas Day.