High Water II

Written by Randy Patterson

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The Magpie Salute
Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Release Date: October 18, 2019

Boomerocity is a huge Rich Robinson fan. We’ve had the privilege of interviewing him a while back (here) and hope to interview him again in the future. Great guy as well as a solid guitarist, singer, and songwriter. We always love hearing his latest here at the Boomerocity compound.

With rumors abounding that the Black Crowes may or may not be reuniting, it’s perhaps both timely and fitting that Rich’s band, The Magpie Salute, is releasing their new full-length LP High Water II on CD, 2LP, and Digital Formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment (U.S.), Mascot Label Group (Europe/Australia/New Zealand), and Sony (Japan).

For those of you who don’t already know, the band was formed by Rich, joining forces with former Black Crowes bandmates Marc Ford (guitar) and Sven Pipien (bass), along with vocalist John Hogg, drummer Joe Magistro, and keyboardist Matt Slocum. Kicking off their collaboration with a seminal show in Woodstock, NY in 2016, the band has toured with the likes of Govt. Mule, The Avett Brothers, and Blackberry Smoke.

If you haven’t heard them, yet (if not, why not?), think Rich’s signature sound with a little bit Petty, a little smidgen of Dylan, a dash of Harrison and Clapton, and a lot a bit Robinson originality. Very, very cool.

Following the September 6, 2019 release of the “In Here” EP, High Water II delivers The Magpie Salute’s new American Roots Rock sound. The first single “In Here” is currently charting on Active Rock, Classic Rock, and AAA stations. Recorded simultaneously with 2018’s High Water I, High Water II completes the musical journey the band started when they began recording this two-album project at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville.

We’re all really happy to put out the second half of High Water,” says Robinson. “Since it’s inception, I always viewed it as a single piece. High Water ll will tie together both albums into a whole journey."

Produced by Robinson, High Water II boasts 12 new songs, including “Lost Boy,”co-written by Ford and Robinson, with special guest Alison Krauss contributing background vocals and fiddles.

With High Water II, The Magpie Salute invites listeners into their storytelling and sing-along sound. As stated via “In Here”:

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