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June 18, 2019

Black Pumas’ Eric Burton on “(Sittin’ On)The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding

By: Elizabeth McQueen

Black Pumas, the new musical project by California native Eric Burton and Grammy Award winning producer and guitarist Adrian Quesada has been taking the Austin music scene by storm- even winning Best New Austin Band and Best New Song for “Black Moon Rising” at the 2019 Austin Music Awards, all before they’ve even released their debut album.

On this episode of This Song, Eric Burton, the lead singer of Black Pumas,  talks about what he learned about honesty and connection from Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” and how he went from busking on the Santa Monica Pier to fronting a band in Austin, Texas. His generosity and gratefulness for the art he creates are palpable in this interview, which was recorded live in front of an audience of aspiring teenage podcasters at the 2019 ISAS Arts Festival.

Stream the Black Pumas debut record right now at Relix.

Black Pumas debut album comes out this Friday 6/21 on ATO Records and you can catch their release show at Antone’s the same night.

-KUTX Intern, Claire Hardwick

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