Black Pumas: "A lot of groups fall into that 'soul revival' thing, but we embrace rock equally"

Hunting psych-soul grooves with the Black Pumas
The Black Pumas' Eric Burton [center] and Adrian Quesada [right] perform February 19, 2020, in Berlin (Image credit: Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images)

In the musical world of unlikely pairings, it doesn’t get stranger than Adrian Quesada and Eric Burton, otherwise known as the psychedelic-soul duo the Black Pumas. 

The collaboration came together at the urging of a mutual friend who told Quesada – a Grammy-winning, Austin-based guitarist and producer whose onetime band, Grupo Fantasma, toured with Prince – about Burton, a virtually unknown, self-described “acoustic busker” who was passing through town from his native Los Angeles. 

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.