When you hear the Magpie Salute you might think "wow, they sound like the Black Crowes." There's a reason for that. The band — which is huge, with 10 members — includes founding Black Crowe Rich Robinson and several other members from that band.
Magpie Salute takes that rock-and-soul template and add quite a bit of diesel to it, sounding as much like Soundgarden or some other grunge-era powerhouses. The Magpie Salute likes a smacking backbeat, but they also can stretch out in an almost jazzy fashion, as can be heard on "Goin' Down South" with its hard-bop piano chords and golden vibraphone runs, off their recent self-titled live record.
Fans of the Allman Brothers, Santana, early Steve Miller Band and other long-form rockers will find a lot to enjoy about this large and ambitious band. The band is only a little over a year old, but they have the feel of a seasoned band of players who know how to navigate long distances.
The Magpie Salute will play the Fairfield Theater Company's Warehouse, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets are $48. 203-259-1036 or fairfieldtheatre.org.