María and Josh Conway met at the Kibitz Room, an intimate live music venue attached to LA’s iconic Canter’s Deli. María was playing a stripped-down solo show. “It was just me and my guitar, and one of my friends and his guitar,” she remembers – and Josh was running sound. Within seconds of hearing María sing, he knew they should be making music together.
“From the beginning I wanted to just paint some colors that I wanted to see. Discovering myself through the guitar is kind of how I got to know myself”
Even though the duo that make up Black Pumas – Adrian Quesada and Eric Burton – have only been making music together for just over two years, it sounds like they’ve collaborated for a lifetime. It was a winding road to get here, too.