THE MAGPIE SALUTE--a new band bringing together Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien of The Black Crowes--have partnered with RollingStone.com to exclusively premiere "Omission" off the band's upcoming self-titled debut album (out worldwide June 9 via Eagle Rock Entertainment). The deeply soulful rock song "Omission"--described by Rolling Stone as "explosive" and written by Robinson and lead vocalist John Hogg--is the album's first single, arriving to radio in May, with a video to be released shortly thereafter. Click here to listen.
Look for THE MAGPIE SALUTE--driven by the magic of the reunited Robinson and Ford guitar team and celebrated with Guitar Player magazine's June 2017 issue cover story--to launch a national headline tour starting July 26 in Indianapolis (see full itinerary below) on the heels of overseas shows and festival appearances. For more information and to purchase tickets for the band's national headline tour, which will include appearances at festivals worldwide, visit: http://themagpiesalute.com/events.
Produced by Crowes guitarist and co-founder Robinson, the musically tight and expansive debut album was recorded live in the studio in front of an audience at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York, except for the full studio track "Omission." The 10-song album carries special significance as it marks the last recorded work by Eddie Harsch, the late Black Crowes keyboardist whose signature sound and gentle soul are woven into THE MAGPIE SALUTE.
There is wide open musical freedom on the band's debut album, with half of the songs coming in over seven minutes in length, and the musicians' wide-ranging roots are reflected in the diverse selections. They offer fresh takes of The Black Crowes' "What Is Home" and "Wiser Time," and interpret songs by Delaney and Bonnie ("Comin' Home"), Bobby Hutcherson ("Goin' Down South"), War ("War Drums"), Pink Floyd ("Fearless"), the Faces ("Glad and Sorry"), Bob Marley ("Time Will Tell," which The Black Crowes covered on their second album) and the traditional "Ain't No More Cane."
THE MAGPIE SALUTE features musicians who've played together for decades throughout various projects and share a truly deep musical bond. Joining Robinson, Ford and Pipien in the band are drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The group also boasts a fine cast of vocalists, including Robinson, Ford, lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), former Crowes singer Charity White and background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen. The band first surfaced this past January with four back-to-back sold-out shows at the Gramercy Theatre in New York. Then came the announcement of their debut in London where the group performed four enthusiastically received concerts at Under The Bridge (April 12-15), with the first show selling out shortly within an hour of the tickets going on pre-sale. This news was followed by the announcement of shows in Chicago (July), San Francisco (September), Boston (August), Atlanta (August) and Los Angeles (September).