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The Magpie Salute Live At The Fairfield Theatre Company

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It’s hard to believe the Magpie Salute haven’t been around forever.

Comprised of Black Crowes alums like Rich Robinson and Marc Ford, several members of Robinson’s touring band and rounded out by lead singer John Hogg and bassist Sven Pipien, the Magpie Salute may only have formed in 2016, but their musical experience adds up to decades.

The Magpie Salute’s debut album High Water 1 is a month away from release and to herald its arrival the band has kicked off an extensive tour. They stopped by the Fairfield Theatre Company the other night (7/21) and they were absolutely brilliant.

Their past shows have been rich on Crowes covers, but this time around “She Gave Good Sunflower” was the lone Black Crowes track in the set.

Hogg is a vocal force of nature and he powered through numbers like “Sister Moon” and “Hand And Hand” with power and soul.

Robinson is one of the finest players out there and his blistering leads and slinking rhythms led the band through bluesy waters and rootsy, rockin’ straits with muscle and grace.

The Magpie Salute is: Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, John Hogg, Sven Pipien, Matt Slocum and Joe Magistro.

Their take on classics by Dylan and Elvis Presley showcased the band’s sonic diversity and the closing number “Send Me An Open” was crushingly exquisite.

  1. Omission (Hookah Brown)
  2. Mary the Gypsy
  3. I Know You (Rich Robinson)
  4. All Shook Up (Elvis Presley)
  5. Devil’s in the Details (Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club)
  6. Sister Moon
  7. Girl From the North Country (Bob Dylan)
  8. Hand in Hand
  9. You Found Me
  10. For the Wind
  11. Take It All
  12. Color Blind
  13. Dreams (The Allman Brothers)
  14. She Gave Good Sunflower (The Black Crowes)
  15. Call Me Faithful
  16. Bye Bye Baby
  17. Open Up
  18. Can You See
  19. High Water
  20. Send Me An Omen