By David McNally
The Magpie Salute have officially arrived on scene! …Or at least reminded us that they are still here. This equally soulful as powerful ten-piece band is headed by Rich Robinson, formerly of the Black Crowes, alongside with Marc Ford, Sven Pipien, and the late Eddie Harsch before his passing last November.
What began as a casual gathering of musicians developed into a full-length project. Although the self-titled album is mainly comprised of covers, make no mistake about it that they made the cut for a reason. From Clapton to Marley, influence has come from wide and far. Examining the turbulent ups and downs from their time with the Black Crowes, the core of the Magpie Salute convey raw emotion through both vocal and instrumental performances.
“Omissions” is the only new song on the album and might be a good indicator of the direction the band is heading in. This is the only song on the album where vocalist John Hogg can unleash his powerful vocals and go punch-for-punch with the strong riff and burly beat.
The live album was recorded at Applehead Recording Studios near Woodstock, CT in front of a small audience, and in combination with the already existing chemistry between Robinson, Ford, and Pipien gives this project a very organic feel. This is just the beginning of many more big things to come from the Magpie Salute.
Click here to watch the video for “Omissions!”