Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Black Crowes offshoot The Magpie Salute preview debut album

The Black Crowes offshoot The Magpie Salute are streaming “Send Me An Omen” as the lead single to their forthcoming debut studio album, “High Water I.”

Formed in 2016, The Magpie Salute features leader and guitarist Rich Robinson alongside former Crowes bandmates Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, with vocalist John Hogg, keyboardist Matt Slocum and drummer Joe Magistro.

“It’s the recontextualization of playing with one another,” explains Robinson. “When I was putting this thing together, I was thinking about how even though we may not have played for almost a decade, it just comes back immediately. The chemistry is unexplainable.

“Of course, I’m the same guy who played with the Black Crowes and wrote all of those songs, but this is a different context for myself, Marc, and Sven. It’s the convergence of three different worlds and eras for me. We’re all here together in this one place. Simultaneously, it’s amazing for Marc and Sven to play with Joe and Matt and John to be in the middle of it all. For me, that was really cool to witness. This is what I wanted to do.”

The group’s original lineup included former Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsch, who passed away in the fall of 2016.

Due August 10, “High Water I” was produced by Robinson and recorded at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville, TN.

"'Send Me An Omen,' to me, wraps up all of the elements of this band,” says the guitarist. “There's pure rock 'n roll juxtaposed with these pop melodies sung with a melancholy that creates this beautiful balance of surreal dark and light."

The Magpie Salute will launch a series of summer shows with a free gig at Copper Mountain, CO on July 1; with dates booked into early fall, the band will mix headline appearances with an opening slot on the Gov’t Mule US tour.

See also:

Former Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsch dead at 59
Black Crowes: Rich Robinson streams Which Way Your Wind Blows
Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson to release new album Flux
Bad Company hires Black Crowes guitarist for US tour
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