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