The Magpie Salute have unleashed the official lyric video for ‘Gimme Something‘, a brand new track from their upcoming album ‘High Water II‘ which will be released on 18th October via Provogue  (Europe, Australia, New Zealand) / Eagle Rock (North America).

When ‘High Water I‘ was released in August 2018 it was the sound of old friends coming together in a union of rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, rasping Americana and late-night storytelling.  The band was pulled together by guitarist Rich Robinson, it continued a storyline he began in The Black Crowes with guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien. Meanwhile, vocalist John Hogg shared Hookah Brown with Robinson as keyboardist Matt Slocum and drummer Joe Magistro both joined him for solo records and tours over the years. Their first official live outing was in January 2017 at the Gramercy Theatre, New York City.

The album reached the Top 40 Billboard Charts and was met with widespread acclaim from Rolling Stone, Relix, Guitar World, Planet Rock, MOJO Magaine, The Independent, The Daily Express and Classic Rock Magazine named it #7 in their albums of the year. Tours across the US and Europe followed including shows with Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers and Blackberry Smoke with the band also taking their first trip to Japan in January this year.

High Water II’ picks up where the band’s studio debut left off, much of the album was written during those early recordings at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville which is why the album feels like a perfect continuation of its predecessor. Talking about the flow between the two albums Robinson explains; “Both records are part of a collective journey. I chose the sequence specifically for each record. I wanted ‘High Water l’ to introduce us to the world and the world to us. With ‘High Water ll,’ I wanted to get a little deeper. To take people places they may not have expected to go.”

The themes that run through the record are those of human experience, “We as humans, will always wrestle with universal themes,” Robinson says. “I think there’s light and dark around us at all time. I think they’re both necessary to see the contrast that helps us see the peaks and valleys of life.”

The human element of the album reflects the personal significance each listener attached to it. Talking about this Robinson muses, “It’s all personal for anyone writing or listening.  If you like the band, the music, the lyrics or if you’re writing these songs there is an intimate relationship formed with the work. A song, a lyric can mean 7 1/2 billion different things to people around the world because everyone around the song, writer or listener, will have their own individual life experiences and perspectives that color and assimilate the song into their life experience.  It’s pretty amazing if you think about it.”

The Magpie Salute is a landscape with limitiless possibilities and they have the ability to swoop and delve into a myriad of textures and emotions. Their live repertoire alone highlights this as an impressive cannon which means they can perform as a 10 piece, 6 piece or a trio. The collections of songs spans The Magpie Salute, The Black Crowes, Rich Robinson solo material and cover versions meaning that no two shows are the same. Something that will keep fans wanting to come back time after time. “I think it definitely keeps it moving and fresh for us as a band. I think the fans that come to the show expect that they will be at a different show hearing different songs every night,” says Robinson.

Prior to the announcement of ‘High Water II,’ Robinson revealed, he has also teamed up with Gretsch to create a new G6136T-CSTRR Rich Robinson “Magpie” Signature guitar. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved Gretsch guitars,” Robinson says. “From Neil Young and Stephen Stills to Steve Marriott and Malcom Young, these guitars have always piqued my imagination. Sonically and visually, Gretsch guitars have always been unique in the musical landscape. To have my own signature Gretsch is an honor, and the Magpie is the combination of all of my favorite elements of Gretsch guitars.”

Track listing:

  1. Sooner Or Later
  2. Gimme Something
  3. Leave It All Behind
  4. In Here
  5. You And I
  6. Mother Storm
  7. A Mirror
  8. Lost Boy
  9. Turn It Around
  10. Life Is A Landslide
  11. Doesn’t Really Matter
  12. Where Is The Place

The Magpie Salute return with their new album, ‘High Water II’, which will be released on 18th October via Provogue  (Europe, Australia, New Zealand) / Eagle Rock (North America). The album will be released on Limited edition 180g 2LP Brown vinyl, 2LP 180g Black vinyl, CD and digitally – you can pre order it here.

When ‘High Water I’  was released in August 2018 it was the sound of old friends coming together in a union of rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, rasping Americana and late-night storytelling.  The band was pulled together by guitarist Rich Robinson, it continued a storyline he began in The Black Crowes with guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien. Meanwhile, vocalist John Hogg shared Hookah Brown with Robinson as keyboardist Matt Slocum and drummer Joe Magistro both joined him for solo records and tours over the years. Their first official live outing was in January 2017 at the Gramercy Theatre, New York City.

The album reached the Top 40 Billboard Charts and was met with widespread acclaim from Rolling Stone, Relix, Guitar World, Planet Rock, MOJO Magaine, The Independent, The Daily Express and Classic Rock Magazine named it #7 in their albums of the year. Tours across the US and Europe followed including shows with Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers and Blackberry Smoke with the band also taking their first trip to Japan in January this year.

High Water II’ picks up where the band’s studio debut left off, much of the album was written during those early recordings at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville which is why the album feels like a perfect continuation of its predecessor. Talking about the flow between the two albums Robinson explains; “Both records are part of a collective journey. I chose the sequence specifically for each record. I wanted ‘High Water l’ to introduce us to the world and the world to us. With ‘High Water ll,’ I wanted to get a little deeper. To take people places they may not have expected to go.”

Following the end of their 2018 European tour, Robinson had principally written 3 new songs – ‘Gimme Something’, ‘Leave It All Behind’ and ‘Life Is A Landslide’ –  and it was during this tour where they took the opportunity to head into Rockfield Studios to continue working on the album.  The farmhouse studio, based in a village near Monmouth in Wales has produced classic albums such as Queen’s ‘A Night At The Opera’, Oasis’ ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’, Coldplay’s ‘Parachutes’ as well as albums by Black Sabbath, Roy Harper, Rush, Iggy Pop, Bauhaus, Paul Weller, Hawkwind, Donovan and The Cure.

The themes that run through the record are those of human experience, “We as humans, will always wrestle with universal themes,” Robinson says. “I think there’s light and dark around us at all time. I think they’re both necessary to see the contrast that helps us see the peaks and valleys of life.”

Like its predecessor, the first song on the album kicks off with a rocket on the roaring Robinson/Hogg penned ‘Sooner Or Later.’ “This is a true record of us all playing together live as a band in the studio,”remembers Hogg. “The song is like a description of rushing through life at hyper-speed. I remember thinking about Son House doing ‘John The Revelator’ because the music was so hypnotic.”

Talking about the songwriting process and what drives him, Robinson adds, “I always try to write a better song, and be a better musician.” The album reflects the band as a whole with Hogg co-writing seven songs with Robinson, which include the Stonesy groove of ‘Gimme Something’, the funky blues of ‘Doesn’t Really Matter,’ the Dylan/Bowie inspired lyrical flow of ‘Turn It Around’ – “I feel like an older version of myself telling the younger version of me to watch out, keep my eye on the ball. I guess that’s time travel, in a sense, with a grumpy spirit guide lurking somewhere in the background,” Hogg explains – and late night after hours shimmer of album closer ‘Where Is This Place’.  Talking about the latter Hogg adds; “This is another song born out of the moment. It is very difficult to listen back to something totally free and then give it a label. This was an improvisation based around a central chant. It now sounds to me like a stand-off. Love can be like that. And war can too. The meaning of things change over time. It’s a great song by a great band in a spectacularly charged moment. The best moment in the history of moments.”

The wholly Robinson written songs include a trio together in the first half of the album and ‘Life Is A Landslide’ in the second half; the roots rocking ‘In Here’ which lets the listener know that it’s ok to feel afraid, happy and sad as the chorus testifies, “We stand alone in our creation, and lay it out for you, So come on in I’ve got some answers, tell you what to do.” This leads into ‘You And I.’ Awash with beautiful melancholy, it reflects on burdens blocking  our way but still managing to pave a way to the stars and builds into a soaring and swirling climax and into ‘Mother Storm’ which whips you through laidback Americana through blistering solos and luscious keys.

The human element of the album reflects the personal significance each listener attached to it. Talking about this Robinson muses, “It’s all personal for anyone writing or listening.  If you like the band, the music, the lyrics or if you’re writing these songs there is an intimate relationship formed with the work. A song, a lyric can mean 7 1/2 billion different things to people around the world because everyone around the song, writer or listener, will have their own individual life experiences and perspectives that color and assimilate the song into their life experience.  It’s pretty amazing if you think about it.”

The country-tinged ‘Lost Boy’ was co-written between Ford and Robinson and features special guest Alison Krauss, who supplied vocals and fiddle. “Marc had ‘Lost Boy’ but he felt it was missing something, so I helped write the chorus,” Robinson remembers.

The Magpie Salute is a landscape with limitless possibilities and they have the ability to swoop and delve into a myriad of textures and emotions. Their live repertoire alone highlights this as an impressive cannon which means they can perform as a 10 piece, 6 piece or a trio. The collections of songs spans The Magpie Salute, The Black Crowes, Rich Robinson solo material and cover versions meaning that no two shows are the same. Something that will keep fans wanting to come back time after time. “I think it definitely keeps it moving and fresh for us as a band. I think the fans that come to the show expect that they will be at a different show hearing different songs every night,” says Robinson.

Prior to the announcement of ‘High Water II,’ Robinson revealed, he has also teamed up with Gretsch to create a new G6136T-CSTRR Rich Robinson “Magpie” Signature guitar. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved Gretsch guitars,” Robinson says. “From Neil Young and Stephen Stills to Steve Marriott and Malcom Young, these guitars have always piqued my imagination. Sonically and visually, Gretsch guitars have always been unique in the musical landscape. To have my own signature Gretsch is an honor, and the Magpie is the combination of all of my favourite elements of Gretsch guitars.”

Following the release of their debut studio album ‘High Water I’ last week and a Sold-Out European acoustic run, The Magpie Salute will be returning to Europe for a full tour in November and December.

The band will perform 26 shows in ten different countries during the tour.  Tickets go on sale this Friday 24th August.

Produced by Rich Robinson and recorded at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville, TN, the 12-song High Water I‘ represents a musical union of swaggering rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, and campfire-worthy storytelling. A second new studio album High Water II will be released in 2019. Details to come on that at a later date.

The band brings together the reunited definitive Black Crowes guitar duo of Rich Robinson and Marc Ford, bassist Sven Pipien (also from the Crowes), lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke),  drummer Joe Magistro and keyboardist Matt Slocum.

You can order ‘High Water I’ here.

“It’s the recontextualization of playing with one another,” Robinson states. “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.”

Full European tour – Tickets available fromthemagpiesalute.com

Sat 10th Nov – Elysee Montmarte – Paris, FRANCE
Sun 11th Nov – Kafe Antzokia – Bilbao, SPAIN
Mon 12th Nov – Sala But – Madrid, SPAIN
Tues 13th Nov – Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, SPAIN
Thurs 15th Nov – Espace Julien – Marseille, FRANCE
Fri 16th Nov – Live Music Club – Milan, ITALY
Sat 17th Nov – Plaza – Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Mon 19th Nov – Club Volta – Cologne, GERMANY
Tues 20th Nov – Colos Sal – Aschaffenburg, GERMANY
Weds 21st Nov – 013 – Tilburg, NETHERLANDS
Thurs 22nd Nov – Tivoli Vredenburg – Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
Fri 23rd Nov – Koncerthuset (Studio 2) – Copenhagen, DENMARK
Sat 24th Nov – Debaser Medis – Stockholm, SWEDEN
Sun 25th Nov  – Rockerfeller – Oslo, NORWAY
Tues 27th Nov – Uebel & Gefahrlich – Hamburg, GERMANY
Weds 28th Nov – Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS
Fri 30th Nov – Planet Rockstock – Trecco Bay, Wales, UK
Sat 1st Dec – Fiddlers Club – Bristol, UK
Sun 2nd Dec – The Mill – Birmingham, UK
Mon 3rd Dec – Academy 2 – Manchester, UK
Weds 5th Dec – Foundry – Sheffield, UK
Thurs 6th Dec – The Garage – Glasgow, UK
Fri 7th Dec – Riverside – Newcastle, UK
Sun 9th Dec – Waterfront – Norwich, UK
Mon 10th Dec – Pyramid Centre – Portsmouth, UK
Tues 11th Dec – Electric Ballroom – London, UK

Album review can be found here

Review: The Magpie Salute – High Water I

Mascot/Eagle Rock (August 2018)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Now I’ll set my cards out from the offset. When I first saw that The Magpie Salute had Rich Robinson, who of course is known for The Black Crowes, in the line up I wasn’t sure if it was going to be my thing. The Black Crowes ticked all the boxes yet never really did it for me.

However……..Straight out of the box so to speak I soon realised that this is one of those ‘cleansing of the palette’ albums. An album that sets its stall out a little different from what others are releasing, a album to just sit back and allow it to wash over you.

There are various different elements to the album, you want a nice slice of sit on the porch blues then ‘Hand In Hand‘ is perfect for you. Tracks that start all laid back until they throw things into top gear? That’ll be ‘For The Wind‘.  If your a Tom Petty fan then ‘Can You See‘ will certainly be to your liking.

All in all a coherent, mature album which just grows the more you play it. So it’s gone from a pre-judgemental uncertainty to an album I’ve not stopped playing.

With this being ‘High Water I‘ I have to say I’m already looking forward to ‘High Water 2‘, which is already a certainty.

 

 

The Magpie Salute are delighted to present their brand new track ‘Sister Moon‘, taken from their upcoming debut studio album ‘High Water I‘ which is released August 10th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Speaking about the track, guitarist Marc Ford explains: Sister Moon came from John and I staying in a house together. We lived together 24 hours a day for ten days. We would just sit, poke at the fire, and tell stories. Many ideas came from that. That’s how ‘Sister Moon’ started. It’s so vibe-y and beautiful. John and I had never met before. The track is like us meeting.”

The Magpie Salute will be playing a special intimate 4 piece performance at OSLO, Hackney to celebrate the release of their debut studio album, ‘High Water I’ on 10 August, the day of the album release via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Pulled together by guitarist Rich Robinson, it continues a storyline he began in the Black Crowes with guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien. Meanwhile, vocalist John Hogg shared Hookah Brown with Robinson as keyboardist Matt Slocum and drummer Joe Magistro both joined him for solo records and tours over the years.  The group represents a musical union of swaggering rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, and campfire-worthy storytelling, it also marks a reunion of musicians whose paths twisted and turned right back to each other.

Now, these six individuals conjure magic on their full-length debut of original material, ‘High Water I‘ Mascot/Eagle Rock], for August 10th 2018 with ‘High Water II‘ to come in 2019.

It’s the recontextualization of playing with one another,” Robinson states. “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 Magpie Salute first took flight in 2016 when Robinson assembled the original ten-piece incarnation for a now seminal Woodstock gig. The group went on to sell out four consecutive nights at The Gramercy in January 2017. By the top of 2018, the band delivered a total of 77 seismic sets worldwide comprised of a 170-song repertoire of covers, Crowes’ tunes, and solo material. They unveiled their debut, The Magpie Salute (Live), topped off by one original ‘Omission.’ By the time they retreated to Dark Horse Studios in Nashville with Robinson in the producer’s chair, the vision crystallized with the six-person lineup.

In many ways, the name reflects the spirit of The Magpie Salute.

I’ve always loved the element of crows, but they have a dark connotation,” Robinson elaborates. “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. This band was a cousin to the Crowes last year. 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.

Old friends pass through our lives similar to characters in a time-worn, dog-eared novel.

As we page through life, they return to walk alongside of us on bold new adventures at all the right moments. Such is the story of The Magpie Salute. For as much as the group represents a musical union of swaggering rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, and campfire-worthy storytelling, it also marks a reunion of musicians whose paths twisted and turned right back to each other.

Pulled together by guitarist Rich Robinson, it continued a storyline he began in the Black Crowes with guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien. Meanwhile, vocalist John Hogg shared Hookah Brown with Robinson as keyboardist Matt Slocum and drummer Joe Magistro both joined him for solo records and tours over the years.

Now, these six individuals conjure magic on their full-length debut of original material,’High Water I‘ [Mascot/Eagle Rock], for August 10th 2018 with ‘High Water II‘ to come in 2019.

“It’s the recontextualization of playing with one another,” Robinson states. “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 more time we spend together, the more I realize how much of my life is involved with Rich,” Ford reveals. “This is probably the best band I’ve ever been in. As a player, it challenges me. There’s something beyond us that we’re agreeing with. This music wants us to be a part of it. Rich and I just agreed that whatever it took for us to drop our bullshit—so be it. That way, we could let this happen in our lives. It’s better when we’re together than when we’re not. We’re better friends than we’ve ever been. I’ve learned more about him in the last year than I had in the past thirty. Rich and I have been able to pick up this fragmented broken piece of a very bizarre life together and unite as grown men and say, ‘Wow, that was something. Let’s see what we can do with it.’”

“We’re all very aware of this position we’re in,” adds Hogg. “Rich and Marc have this intense and long history together in quite a public way. At the same time, you’ve got Sven who’s been in the band forever, and Joe has been with Rich for 15 years. I have this history with Rich. I won’t lie; it’s all quite unusual,” he laughs, “I’m working with the greatest musicians I’ve ever worked with. The dynamic is powerful and positive. There’s been a number of long journeys that suddenly all coalesce.”

As those roads converged, The Magpie Salute first took flight in 2016 when Robinson assembled the original ten-piece incarnation for a now seminal Woodstock gig. The group went on to sell out four consecutive nights at The Gramercy in January 2017 chronicled with a historic Guitar Player cover featuring the two six-stringers. By the top of 2018, the band delivered a total of 77 seismic sets worldwide comprised of a 170-song repertoire of covers, Crowes’ tunes, and solo material. Acclaim came from Guitar WorldRelix, and more, while Rolling Stone summed it up succinctly as “Explosive.” They unveiled their debut, The Magpie Salute (Live), topped off by one original “Omission.” By the time they retreated to Dark Horse Studios in Nashville with Robinson in the producer’s chair, the vision crystallized with the six-person lineup.

“Touring as a ten-piece is cool, but it’s more like a revue,” admits Robinson. “Everything on stage was great. When you’re ready to record, there’s a lot of space that needs to be considered though. We didn’t want it to get too chaotic or too hard to sift through. The core was really important and needed to shine as a strong six-piece. It was great to build something new last year. We were born in a sense. Now, we’re working towards something as a tight unit.”

“We bashed out all of the framework on tour,” continues Ford. “When we got off the road, we focused and let it really shine.”

The Magpie Salute are launching High Water I with “Send Me An Omen.” The twang of a hummable riff roars under Hogg’s towering delivery before spiraling into an entrancing melody punctuated by gang harmonies and butter smooth solos.

“It’s a rock ‘n’ roll song,” asserts Robinson. “It’s about a relationship that’s not working. By the time it gets to the chorus, there’s a happier singalong juxtaposed to John’s lyrics. I enjoy messing around with songs that tow the line between dark and light.”

“Mary The Gypsy” charges ahead on bombastic drums and thick guitars that give way to an anti-establishment chant. “It’s a charge to get rid of this false positive corporate mentality of cynically looking at creators,” sighs Robinson. “It’s the same thing it’s always been. Bankers are running this industry and trying to tell artists how to make money. Why not just create what comes naturally to you?” 

A rustle of acoustic strumming opens the floodgates on “High Water” as the vocal vulnerability underscores unrest teeming just beneath the surface. “It touches on the whole overarching theme of the record,” Robinson goes on. “It’s discussing humanity and everything we’re going through.”

The group spreads its wings on the sweeping “Sister Moon.” “That came from John and I staying in a house together,” recalls Ford. “We lived together 24 hours a day for ten days. We would just sit, poke at the fire, and tell stories. Many ideas came from that. That’s how ‘Sister Moon’ started. It’s so vibe-y and beautiful. John and I had never met before. The track is like us meeting.”

Elsewhere, the plaintive and poignant “Colorblind” details Hogg’s perspective on growing up of mixed African and Swedish descent. “It was quite complicated being somebody of mixed race when I was young in London,” remarks the singer. “I was looking at some of the feelings I experienced. In a time where race and gender issues are getting inflamed, it’s current to think on what this means.”

The slow burn of drums and string plucks swings towards a dramatic close on the sparse, yet soulful “Open Up.”

“That one looks inward,” Robinson explains. “Think of someone who has been closed off for an entire lifetime. This person inhabits one place. Finally, the world opens up. It’s a cool ending.”

In many ways, the name reflects the spirit of The Magpie Salute.

“I’ve always loved the element of crows, but they have a dark connotation,” Robinson elaborates. “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. This band was a cousin to the Crowes last year. 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.”

In the end, The Magpie Salute’s story is just beginning to get good.

Baptized by High Water, these friends start anew.

“I want people to realize it’s something different and also a little familiar,” Robinson leaves off. “I hope they can connect it to the records that defined their lives. Music is there to give us joy, perspective, and show angles we haven’t seen before. I appreciate it more than ever. It’s a gift.”

I hope listeners can be relieved of some of their burdens by hearing us have fun and share our stories,” smiles Hogg. “That’s all I could ask for.

Ford concludes, “Ultimately, there’s a spirit of reconciliation over the whole thing—because we all dropped a lot of bullshit to get together and make this music happen. There’s freedom and power in that. It’s a pretty righteous record as a result. It’s a lot of grown men who have lived and are still standing to bravely and truthfully tell about it.” – Rick Florino, May 2018

Official Website

Facebook