Black Pumas, the Grammy-nominated duo of vocalist Eric Burton and guitarist Adrian Quesada, release their cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” today. The band’s powerful performance of the track became a fan favorite at their live shows, and its poignant lyrics about dreaming of a better life take on a personal resonance for Burton, who traveled the country as a street performer before forming Black Pumas. “To me, ‘Fast Car’ is a song of hope, dreams and a relentless heart to go somewhere and be someone,” says Burton. “I learned the song when I first began to busk and of the covers that I knew, it garnered the most attention from the random passerby. As a musician and artist, I’m attracted to songs that make us reflect on our daily struggles for making life worth living for.”
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About Black Pumas
Black Pumas’ self-titled debut album was released on ATO Records last year to acclaim from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Billboard, and many more; it has since passed over 120,000 album equivalents worldwide. Following its release, the band was nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards and sold out tours across the U.S. and Europe.
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