Robinson picks up Magpies from Crowes

The Magpie Salute, a band that formed from the pieces of The Black Crowes, will release its debut album, ‘High Water 1’ on August 10th.

The band includes the Crowe guitar team of Rich Robinson and Marc Ford, along with bassist Sven Pipien (also from the Crowes), lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The new album will be the follow-up to last year’s ‘The Magpie Salute (Live),’ which was largely recorded in front of a studio audience in Woodstock, NY.

Robinson explained the band’s genesis,”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. Of course, I’m the same guy who played with the Crowes and wrote all of those songs, but this is a different context for myself, Marc, and Sven.” Robinson also said that Magpie brings together “three different worlds.” Ford continued on Robinson’s thought: “This is probably the best band I’ve ever been in. As a player, it challenges me. Rich and I have been able to pick up this fragmented broken piece of a very bizarre life together and unite.”

Robinson first assembled the band as a ten-piece outfit for the Woodstock gig. They unveiled their debut soon after,  and it was not long after that the vision of a six-person unit was crystallized. Robinson explained, “The core was really important and needed to shine as a strong six-piece. It was great to build something new last year. Now, we’re working towards something as a tight unit.”

The new album is being launched with “Send Me An Omen” (video below), which signals the sound and fury of The Magpie Salute. Robinson says, “It’s a rock ‘n’ roll song. By the time it gets to the chorus, there’s a happier singalong.”

Robinson also explained the band’s name. “I’ve always loved the element of crows, but they have a dark connotation. Magpies are revered by ancient and indigenous cultures around the world, because they walk that bridge between dark and light. A magpie is also a cousin to a crow. Now there’s a superstition where you salute a magpie if you see him. It supposedly wards off bad spirits. A salute means, ‘We come in peace.’ That’s our goal. We just want to play together. It made sense.”


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