The Mag­pie Salute

Ex-Black Crowes man doesn’t fly too far from the nest.

Classic Rock - - Live! -

Gui­tarist Rich Robin­son pre­views a 10-date visit from the US band that fea­tures three former mem­bers of The Black Crowes.

Would it be wrong for some­one to pre­sup­pose that The Mag­pie Salute are the suc­ces­sors to The Black Crowes?

Look, peo­ple will al­ways make as­sump­tions. I see us as a great band that I was able to put to­gether with some friends, and one that plays great mu­sic.

With so many com­mon­al­i­ties, is the band a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Crowes?

We’re a con­tin­u­a­tion of all the mu­sic that the mem­bers have made to­gether. It’s just a very or­ganic and cool band of peo­ple that I ad­mire as mu­si­cians. We’re hav­ing so much fun and it re­ally feels good.

Back in 2017 The Mag­pie Salute launched their UK ca­reer in Lon­don play­ing six­ty­seven songs spread over three nights, with just a hand­ful of du­pli­ca­tions. That’s not some­thing many bands can do?

In the last year we played over two hun­dred songs, and that’s a re­ally cool thing to do be­cause it keeps things fresh and it’s made me a much bet­ter mu­si­cian.

How much of the band’s de­but stu­dio al­bum, High Wa­ter 1, has been added to the live reper­toire?

All of it, though we don’t play it in its en­tirety. We still do cov­ers and Crowes songs – pretty much ev­ery­thing.

Fol­low-up High Wa­ter 2 is sched­uled for mid-2019. Has it al­ready been recorded? They were made si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Will it present more of an up-tempo side of the band than the very mel­low 1?

To me, our first al­bum wasn’t mel­low. I think of it as a broad spec­trum of what we, as mu­si­cians, like and ap­pre­ci­ate at our age. I still have a huge ap­pre­ci­a­tion for loud, brash rock’n’roll mu­sic, but I value the sub­tlety and breadth of what we’re do­ing.

Ap­par­ently it’s around four years since you last spoke to your brother and former band­mate Chris.

We haven’t con­versed in a long while, but that’s cool. We’re broth­ers and we’ll al­ways be broth­ers, but we’re both very happy do­ing sep­a­rate things. DL

The tour ends in Lon­don on De­cem­ber 11.

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