Austin duo Black Pumas went from a studio project to four Grammy nominations in a few short years. But Adrian Quesada and Eric Burton put in years of work as musicians before getting attention from the Recording Academy. (Feb. 18)
ERIC BURTON: (SINGING) Shoot me down and break my heart. It's the black moon rising.
ADRIAN QUESADA: When we first started working together, we weren't really a band. Like Eric said, we were a studio project. So I think I said, I was kind of secretly wanting to start a band. But I was like, oh, I can't do this. But then I finally was like, you know what? I told them, man, I really want to hear what these songs sound like live.
ERIC BURTON: (SINGING) Black moon rising above the clouds. You're my sunshine.
I just knew that it was going to be something enchanting and very beautiful just between the both of us. I don't think that we could ever have guessed that we'd end up playing the inauguration and being nominated for four Grammys.
(SINGING) I woke up to the morning sky first.
ADRIAN QUESADA: Like Eric was saying, it's definitely humbling. And then sometimes I have to remind myself of how many ups and downs I've been through, how many have been ups and Downs Eric has been through. So when people kind of ask, oh, it happened really quick. I'm like, it did, and it didn't. It did in that we've only been a band for a few years, but it didn't in that Eric has literally busqued to get cash to the next city.
ERIC BURTON: (SINGING) With all my favorite colors. All my favorite colors.
We have successfully made something that feels very familiar, yet relevant and new and fresh. And it's kind of hard to put your finger on it specifically.
(SINGING) All my favorite colors.