The magpie is a type of bird that is a member of the crow family. So it is not a stretch that multiple former members of The Black Crowes decided to reform under a new moniker as The Magpie Salute. Led by Rich Robinson, The Magpie Salute performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, and we got some pictures of the show.
Currently on tour all across North America, plus a few dates in Europe, The Magpie Salute stopped by The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, for an opening gig in support of Blackberry Smoke.
In promotion of their debut studio album, High Water 1, which will be released on Friday, Aug. 10, The Magpie Salute brought their version of guitar-driven, vocal-harmonizing rock ‘n’ roll to The Fillmore stage.
Former Black Crowes co-founder Rich was reunited with former bandmates Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, and joined by lead vocalist John Hogg, keyboardist Matt Slocum, and drummer Joe Magistro. Many of the songs have dual singers with John Hogg taking the lead and Rich supporting.
There is a lot of similarity in the musical styles between The Black Crowes and The Magpie Salute; however, the band did not play any of the former’s songs during their performance, choosing only to play their own songs with one exception — the only cover song the band performed was “Had to Cry Today” by Blind Faith.
Listen to “For the Wind” by The Magpie Salute on YouTube:
The Magpie Salute have debuted a few singles ahead of their forthcoming album. “For The Wind,” released earlier this month, starts nice and slow before punching into a solid rock and roll chorus. The band’s final song of the set, “Send Me an Omen,” is a straight forward rock ‘n’ roll song that any Black Crowes fan should greatly enjoy.
Here are some pictures of The Magpie Salute performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring on July 22, 2018. All photos copyright and courtesy of Chris Smyth.