Guitarist Rich Robinson was in one of the most successful bands in the 1990’s in The Black Crowes, In the last few years, Robinson has enjoyed a successful solo career releasing such albums as “Flux” and “Through a Crooked Sun.” Since the end of 2016, Robinson got together with Marc Ford (his old guitar player in The Black Crowes) and formed anew band called The Magpie Salute.  The band has been building quite a buzz playing a few shows in 2017 and up through this years NAMM show. At NAMM was the first time I ever saw them and I must admit, I was taken aback by their overall performance.  After this show, the band tucked themselves away to work on a new record that will be released on August 10th called “High Water 1.”

BackstageAxxess caught up with Robinson to talk about the upcoming shows the band has in NY (including stops in Buffalo, Waterloo and Peekskill.) We also talked about the new record and the process that went into creating it. We also dabble into other subjects including his thought with the current state of music and young aspiring artists trying to break through. In addition, we talk about his thought if The Black Crowes will ever see the light of day again.

Enjoy this conversation with The Magpie Salute’s own Rich Robinson!

We would like to thank Bari Liberman from MSO PR for setting up the interview with Rich. For more information on The Magpie Salute including tickets for upcoming tourdates, please go to: The Magpie Salute.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.