Dave Michaels chatted with singer, songwriter and former Black Crowes' guitarist Rich Robinson about the past, present and future. They talk about the trail Robinson blazed with The Black Crowes, his new band, The Magpie Salute, and current relationship with brother Chris.
“I’ve always loved the element of crows, but they have a dark connotation,” Robinson elaborates. “Magpies are revered by ancient and indigenous cultures around the world, because they walk that bridge between dark and light. A magpie is also a cousin to a crow. This band was a cousin to the Crowes last year. Now, there’s a superstition where you salute a magpie if you see him. It supposedly wards off bad spirits. A salute means, ‘We come in peace.’ That’s our goal. We just want to play together. It made sense.”
“I want people to realize it’s something different and also a little familiar,” Robinson says. “I hope they can connect it to the records that defined their lives. Music is there to give us joy, perspective, and show angles we haven’t seen before. I appreciate it more than ever. It’s a gift.”
The Magpie Salute - "For The Wind"
The Magpie Salute - "Send Me An Omen"