Black Pumas Cover “Wichita Lineman”

Black Pumas' The Electric Deluxe Sessions
Black Pumas cover Jimmy Webb's “Wichita Lineman”

Black Pumas, recently released The Electric Deluxe Sessions, a new EP that features reimagined versions of their songs “Colors,” “Fire,” and “Know You Better,” along with a cover of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” (originally made famous by Glen Campbell, The Meters, and others). The band has also released videos for both tracks.

From guitarist and producer Adrian Quesada:

“We recorded ‘Colors,’ ‘Fire,’ and ‘Know You Better’ live for this Amazon session, and those are all tunes that from the time we recorded them for the album to what they’ve become live, have just become this whole other thing.” “When we recorded the record [Black Pumas] we’d only been working together for a few months. All the touring we did over the last year, the live show has elevated all the songs arrangement-wise, everyone gets to shine a little bit and we don’t get to put that down too often.”

Black Pumas is Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada. The band’s self-titled debut album was produced by Quesada in his Austin home studio, colored by Burton’s dark imagery with haunting songwriting. It is equally indebted to East Coast hip-hop as it is to classic funk and soul, resulting in a project that is of the moment rather than retro. Quesada had been working on a new project inspired by a mix of woozy Ghostface Killah instrumentals, crispy Motown soul, and the introspective grandeur of dusty highway folk-rock, and, after hearing him audition over the phone, Burton slotted in beautifully. Pulling from his myriad background performances — singing in the church, acting in musical theater, and busking at the Santa Monica Pier