The Magpie Salute’s ‘High Water II’ Is A Flawless Follow-Up To 2018’s ‘High Water’

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Roots rock band The Magpie Salute released its third full-length studio recording Friday, and the 12-song record is an enjoyable follow-up to the band’s 2018 album High Water.  Throughout the course of the record, audiences get musical arrangements that easily liken themselves to works from the likes of The Allman Brothers Band and its offshoot acts – The Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band – as well as hints of Black Crowes.  The Black Crowes comparison should come as no surprise, considering the fact The Magpie Salute members Chris Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien also performed and recorded together as part of Black Crowes.  The album’s lyrical content offers audiences just as much to enjoy as its familiar roots tock sound.  ‘Gimme Something,’ which comes early in the album’s run is just one of the songs featured in the album that supports the noted statements.  It will be discussed shortly.  The same applies to ‘Lost Boy,’ which is featured later in the album’s run, and ‘You And I,’ which comes just ahead of the album’s midway point.  Each song shows in its own way why the band’s continued familiar roots rock sound and its respective lyrical content is so important to the album’s whole.  When each of the songs is considered with the rest of the album’s works, the whole of High Water II proves to be another record from The Magpie Salute into which listeners will enjoy “diving.”  Yes, that terrible pun was intended.

The Magpie Salute’s second High Water album and third overall album is another impressive recording from the roots rock super group, which features members of Black Crowes and the Chris Robinson Band.  That is thanks to its musical and lyrical content.  That is proven early on in the 47-minute record’s run in the form of ‘Gimme Something.’  This song’s musical arrangement is driven largely by the time keeping of drummer Joe Magistro and keyboardist Matt Slocum.  Pipien’s work on the bass joins with the work of Magistro and Slocum to make the song even more infectious while Robinson’s gravelly vocal delivery adds even more of a unique touch to the song.  Those lines, joined with the mtulti-guitar approach to the song, makes the arrangement in whole a work that is certain to become a fan favorite both on disc and in live settings.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out, of course.  The song’s lyrical content sits against that catchy, mid-tempo arrangement to add to the song’s interest.

Robinson sings in the song’s lead verse, “I wanna see summer skies around me/To hit my soul when that beam of light comes shining down (Only you can see this)/Ph, the pressure fills me/The clouds, they light up the night sky/The moon, it hangs like a portrait of me facing upside down (You don’t believe it)/The ground is shifting/Gimme something/To take me far away from here/Gimme something/To lift this cloud/Gimme something/Got to take me higher/Gimme something/Deliver me now.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “This world could be such a beautiful baby/But the politik disease keeps driving us underground (I don’t believe it)/We cannot accept it/Long is the day and Long is the night/I light the way ‘cause I feel like it’s gonna be alright (No, you don’t believe it)/Never can accept it.”  He returns to the chorus again from here before launching into the song’s third verse, in which he sings, “Peace comes your way (ah, well)/When you live by love and harmony (oh, harmony)/And I’ll show you today/these cards I deal/And bring you to my game.”  He comes across here as saying that he wants something better than what the world is right now and ho bad things are because of forces such as the people in Washington D.C. for starters.  He ends by reminding listeners that things can be better if people would just come together.  Sure, this is hardly the first time that any band has presented such message of frustration and the desire for people to unite.  The thing is though, it is still a message that everyone needs to hear, considering where the world sits today.  Considering this and the overall positive vibe in the song’s lyrical and musical content, the end result is a song that is easily one of High Water II’s most notable works and one that shows so well, why the album is another hit from TMS.  It is just one of the album’s notable works, too.  ‘Lost Boy’ is another entry featured in the album that shows why the album’s musical and lyrical content makes the record so appealing.

Whereas ‘Gimme Something’ presents an upbeat, positive vibe through its combined musical and lyrical content, ‘Lost Boy’ is a much more reserved piece in the exact same way.  The song, which features famed singer Alison Krauss making a guest vocal performance, is a deeply emotional work that will tug at listeners’ heartstrings through its very country blues approach.  Even more interesting here is that Robinson’s vocal delivery here actually sounds just like the late great Tom Petty.  The addition of Krauss’ gentle backing vocals enriches the song even more, making its emotional impact even more powerful.  Even more interesting is that while the song is far more reserved than much of what is featured in High Water II, that reserved nature is key because this song really is a ballad of sorts; almost a lullaby of sorts.  It is actually a very positive piece in its own right.  That is made clear through the lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement.

Robinson sings in the song’s lead verse, “Young man, how you’ve grown/You’re soon to be on your own/And I’ll miss you like I’ve missed most of my life/I see you once again/Much more than a friend/Much more than someone to pass the time/Lost boy, in-between/Seldom heard, rarely seen/Lost boy, let me tell you what you mean to me/It’s okay/to get a little lonely/In no way let it get you down/There’s more than one way/Come on, get to know me/Lost boy, let me tell you what you mean to me.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Not so long ago/I had come to know/The long, dark night/It put me to the test/Nothing I can say/To change the time of day/And you’ll shine a little brighter than the mist/Lost boy, turn around/Lift your head, hear the sond/Lost boy, let me tell you what you mean to me/It’s okay/If you get a little lonely/In no way, let it keep you down/There’s more than one way/Come on, get to know me/Lost boy, let me tell you what you mean to me.”  This is an extremely touching work, needless to say.  The song’s subject seems to be trying to comfort someone, perhaps a son or maybe even a runaway.  There is no booklet with any notes to explain the story behind this song,  That aside, it is clear that this song is meant to be a soothing lullaby type work that will put at ease, someone who is going through a lot of emotional strain.  That gentle approach, both musically and lyrically makes this song its own unique and important addition to High Water II.  As unique as the song is, it is just one more of the album’s most notable works.  ‘You And I’ is just as notable as ‘Lonely Boy’ and ‘Gimme Something.’

‘You And I’ conjures thoughts of Country Joe McDonald and to The Allman Brothers through its musical arrangement.  The song’s verses are more gentle and laid back, and do indeed conjure thoughts of Country Joe McDonald.  The song’s stronger chorus sections are more akin to The Allman Brothers Band’s works.  The song’s lyrical content is just as interesting as its musical content because it leaves listeners wondering and talking.  On the one hand, it comes across as a love song, but on another hand, it also comes across as possibly a break-up song.  This is inferred as Robinson sings in the song’s chorus, “The feeling is over.”  This after he also sings, “You and I overcome/Others block our way.”  He does also note, in the choruses, “But this feeling keeps on falling over me.  When this is considered against the mentions of two people walking under the clouds at night and so much more, one can’t help but assume that this is a breakup song.  What is interesting is that while it comes across as a breakup song, it does not come across as the standard breakup song.  It comes across in a hopeful tone rather than the typical sad note.  It is a good change of pace for such a matter.  To that end, that change of pace both lyrically and musically makes this song worthy of its own attention.  When it is considered alongside ‘Gimme Something’ and ‘Lonely Boy,’ the trio goes a long way to showing why High Water II is such a positive new offering from The Magpie Salute.  When they are considered alongside the rest of the album’s entries, the end result is a record that is a wonderful salute in its own right to classic and roots rock fans.

The Magpie Salute’s third full-length studio recording High Water II, the follow-up to last year’s High Water is a strong new offering from the roots rock super group.  That is due to its musical and lyrical content throughout, as has been evidenced through the three songs examined here.  When they are considered alongside the rest of the album’s entries, the end result is an album that roots rock fans will enjoy just as much as The Magpie Salute’s most devoted audiences.  High Water II is available now through Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music.  More information on High Water II is available along with all of The Magpie Salute’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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The Magpie Salute To Release ‘High Water II’ Next Week

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The Magpie Salute will release its new album next week.

The band is scheduled to release High Water II Oct. 18.  Pre-orders are open now.  The album will be available on CD, 2LP and digital platforms through Eagle Rock Entertainment domestically, Mascot Label Group in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and through Sony in Japan.

High Water II‘s release will come a little more than a month after the band released its new EP In Here.  The band debuted the lyric video for High Water II‘s lead single ‘In Here‘ on Aug. 13.

High Water II was recorded simultaneously with its predecessor High Water at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville, TN.  High Water was released in 2018, also through Eagle Rock Entertainment in the U.S.

Front man Chris Robinson talked briefly in a recent interview about the new album.

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

Robinson produced High Water II.  Alison Krauss makes a special guest appearance on the album, as an added bonus.

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Gibbons’ New Solo LP Is 2018’s “Baddest” Rock Album

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This year was a very productive span for the rock realm.  New offerings from well-known acts, such as Joe Satriani, Billy Gibbons and Stone Temple Pilots were joined by some enjoyable offerings from some lesser-known acts, such as The Magpie Salute, The Marcus King Band and Black Coffee to make for quite the selection of new offerings.

Simply put, the mainstream and the independent offerings turned out this year gave audiences plenty to appreciate. Many of those offerings made their way into Phil’s Picks list of the year’s top new rock albums, including and not limited to the offerings from the acts already noted here.

Topping off this critic’s list this year is Billy Gibbons’ new album The Big Bad Blues.  The ZZ Top star’s latest solo offering features some impressive covers of classic blues and blues rock tunes, while also offering some equally entertaining originals to round out the record’s body.  The whole is a record that is a solid listen from start to finish.

Taking second spot in this year’s list of the year’s top new rock albums is legendary guitarist Joe Satriani’s latest offering What Happens Next.  The full-on instrumental offering is everything that fans have come to expect from Satch, with touches of his past and present.

Third spot in this year’s list goes to Slash, Alter bridge front man Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The group’s new offering Living The Dream is a well-produced and engineered album with plenty of radio ready singles that go a long way toward displaying the group’s collective talents.  The lyrical themes are just as easily accessible as the record’s arrangements.  While not a perfect record, it is still enjoyable in its own right.

The remainder of this year’s list is noted below.  Also featured in this year’s list are new efforts from Black Coffee, Pop Evil and P.O.D.  As always, the list’s top 10 titles are the best while the five that follow are all honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Billy Gibbons — The Big Bad Blues
  2. Joe Satriani — What Happens Next
  3. Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators — Living The Dream
  4. Clutch — The Book of Bad Ideas
  5. Michael Schenker Fest — Resurrection
  6. Black Coffee — Take One
  7. Black Stone Cherry — Family Tree
  8. Pompeii — The Secret Sessions
  9. P.O.D. — Circles
  10. The Marcus King Band — Carolina Confessions
  11. The Zealots — Only Rocks Live Forever
  12. Roine Stolt’s Flower King — Manifesto of an Alchemist
  13. The Magpie Salute — Highwater I
  14. Royal Tusk — Tusk II
  15. Stone Temple Pilots — Stone Temple Pilots

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The Magpie Salute Announces Debut LP’s Release Date, Tour Dates

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The Black Crowes are coming back…sort of.

Three members of the seminal rock band re-united recently to form a new band dubbed The Magpie Salute.  The band, comprised of Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, and Sven Pipien, will release its self-titled debut full-length this summer.

The record is currently slated to be released Friday, June 9 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  It was recorded live in-studio front of an intimate audience at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, New York except for the full-studio track ‘Omission.’  The album marks the last recorded by ex-Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsch, who also handled keyboards on this record.

The Magpie Salute’s lead single ‘Omission’ will impact radio stations nationwide next month.  A companion video for the single is expected to be released soon after.  Also in advance of the album’s release, the band will release a special 10” vinyl 45 single of ‘Comin’ Home’ and ‘Glad and Sorry’ on Record Store Day, April 22.

A headlining tour in support of The Magpie Salute is scheduled to launch July 26 in Indianapolis, IN.  The tour includes three stops in North Carolina on August 15, 16 and 20 in Charlotte, Raleigh and Asheville respectively.

Before the band launches its headlining tour, it will also embark on an extensive European spring/summer tour that launches April 12 in London, U.K. and runs through July 13 in Berlin, Germany.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

U.S. and international tour dates for THE MAGPIE SALUTE:
DATE CITY/STATE VENUE
4/12 LONDON, U.K. Under The Bridge
4/13 LONDON, U.K. Under The Bridge
4/14 LONDON, U.K. Under The Bridge
4/15 LONDON, U.K. Under The Bridge
6/10 GROLLOO, NETHERLANDS Holland Int. Blues Festival
7/11 FRANKFURT, GERMANY Batschkapp
7/12 MUNICH, GERMANY Tollwood Festival
7/13 BERLIN, GERMANY Huxley’s Neue Welt
7/26 INDIANAPOLIS, IN Vogue
7/28 CHICAGO, IL Metro
7/29 CHICAGO, IL Metro
7/30 DETROIT, MI Saint Andrew’s
8/1 BUFFALO, NY Tralf Music Hall
8/3 BOSTON, MA The Wilbur
8/4 HARTFORD, CT Infinity Hall
8/5 HAMPTON BEACH, NH Casino Ballroom
8/6 PORTLAND, ME Aura
8/8 NEW BEDFORD, MA The Zeiterion Theatre
8/9 RED BANK, NJ Count Basie Theatre
8/11 SCRANTON, PA The Peach Music Festival
8/12 SILVER SPRING, MD The Fillmore
8/13 HUNTINGTON, NY The Paramount
8/15 CHARLOTTE, NC Neighborhood Theatre
8/16 RALEIGH, NC The Ritz
8/18 ATLANTA, GA The Buckhead Theatre
8/19 MYRTLE BEACH, SC Myrtle Beach Speedway
8/20 ASHEVILLE, NC Diana Wortham Theatre
8/22 CINCINNATI, OH Bogart’s
8/24 LOUISVILLE, KY Mercury Ballroom
9/7 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore
9/8 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore
9/13 LOS ANGELES, CA The Fonda Theatre
9/15 SAN DIEGOS, CA KAABOO Del Mar
9/15 TELLURIDE, CO Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
9/22 MORRISON, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
(with JJ Grey & Mofro, North Mississippi Allstars,
and Anders Osborne present N.M.O)

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