Black Pumas: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Black Pumas: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

What is it?

Here is the description for the video above:

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Dec. 7, 2020 | Felix Contreras — The Austin-based rock band Black Pumas is having a good 2020. The group, led by singer Eric Burton and guitarist Adrian Quesada, was just nominated for three Grammys, including album of the year for Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition), and both record of the year and best American roots performance for the track “Colors.” The band’s turn behind a tiny desk (and chair) shows why its debut album — now more than a year old — is receiving so much recognition right now.
Black Pumas’ gritty, retro-soul groove is on full display, while the intensity level builds gradually throughout this four-song set. It’s clear why the band’s live shows have won over fans. From the opening strains of “Red Rover,” Burton digs deep and by the time we get to the ballad “OCT 33,” he’s burning with old-school soul heartbreak.

Quesada’s guitar is the perfect call-and-response foil, while the entire band — complete with two powerful back-up singers — calls to mind soul classics, but with a groovy new sheen.
I’ve seen some of Black Pumas’ shows in recent years and the band gets better every time out. The power of this Tiny Desk (home) concert shows that they always bring it, no matter the size of the audience.

“Red Rover”
“OCT 33”
Eric Burton: vocals, guitar
Adrian Quesada: guitar

Lauren Cervantes: vocals
Angela Miller: vocals
JaRon Marshall: keys
Brendan Bond: bass
Steve Bidwell: drums

Video: Amos David McKay / TWO HEADED BOY
Audio: Aaron Glemboski
Producer: Felix Contreras
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Bob Bolien, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

My Thoughts

I would not be surprised if one of their songs was featured on the TV show Black Lightning, the first song sounds familiar, I could be wrong though; either way it was a nice set.

The end,

-John Jr

4 replies on “Black Pumas: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert”

Hello The Paltry Sum, me too, I am new to them, but have been enjoying more of them than I would have expected; and I am learning of new musicians thanks to them.

Thank you for commenting & I am glad that you found some enjoyment in them as well. 🙂

Have a nice day.

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Thank you The Paltry Sum, I am listening to it now, I had not seen this one yet since I only recently subscribed to the NPR Music YouTube channel, I like a little folk (especially international (French, Spanish, et cetera) & hybrid forms I guess), now-a-days I do not usually know what genres most music fits it, but I listen to a large variety even though I do not get to hear that much new music as I used to back when I used to watch VH1 & MTV & listen to the radio & visit the music store sometimes many years ago.


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