The Magpie Salute releases their self-titled debut album through Eagle Rock, Entertainment. Produced by Black Crowes guitarist and co-founder Rich Robinson, the musically tight and expansive album was recorded live-in-the-studio in front of an audience at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York, except for the brand-new studio track "Omission." The 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's a wide open musical freedom on the band's debut, reflecting the musicians' wide-ranging roots in the diverse selections of tracks, with half of the 10 songs coming in at over seven minutes in length. The new album offers fresh takes of The Black Crowes' "What Is Home" and "Wiser Time" and new interpretations of songs "Comin' Home" by Delaney and Bonnie, Bobby Hutcherson's "Goin' Down South," War's "War Drums," Pink Floyd's "Fearless," The Faces' "Glad and Sorry," Bob Marley's "Time Will Tell," (which The Black Crowes covered on their second album), and the traditional song "Ain't No More Cane."
Driven by the magic of the reunited Rich Robinson and Marc Ford guitar team, the Magpie Salute is an exciting new band featuring musicians who've played together for decades throughout various projects and share a deep musical bond. Joining Robinson and Ford are former Crowes bassist Sven Pipien, 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.