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  • High Water II

    highwateriicoverHigh Water II
    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

  • The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Knoxville, 2015

    The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

    Bijou Theater – Knoxville, Tennessee

    June 28, 2015


    Photo by Randy Patterson


    What do you get if you take the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynard, blend them all together and put Chris Robinson in as lead singer?  

    The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. 

    And what do you get if you put said Brotherhood in Knoxville’s beautiful and intimate Bijou Theater?

    A full and enthusiastic house.

    The band started precisely on time and blew the crowd away for an amazing two set night. From the opening tune (Roy Brown’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight) to the encore (a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee”), Robinson and crew had the crowd on their feet and eating out of his hands the entire night. From hippies to yuppies, every member of the audience was thoroughly enjoying everything the band played.

    Arguable the most well-received tune of the night was the band’s delivery of “Star or Stoned”.  If Robinson didn’t own the crowd before that song, he certainly did after.  As far as I’m concerned, that song, alone, was worth the price of admission. Whether measured by the number of songs performed or the length of the show, Robinson delivered supreme musical and financial value for the price of admission.

    I’ve got to give special notice to Neal Casal’s guitar work. I could sit and listen to that guy’s versatile playing forever. Y’all gotta check him out. He’s that good!

    As for those who might say, “well, it ain’t the Black Crowes,” I would say, “duh.” The CRB is a completely different band with a completely different vibe and sound. If you love good ol’ rock n’ roll along with a jazz/jam band sound, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is well worth your investment of time and money. I can’t wait to see them again!