Finalmente ci siamo. Ad un anno dalla formazione il 9 giugno arriva il debutto omonimo via Eagle Rock Records / Universal Music Group. L’esordio firmato The Magpie Salute ovverosia Rich Robinson, Marc Ford e Sven Pipien – tutti ovviamente ex-The Black Crowes – con l’aggiunta di Matt Slocum, Joe Magistro, Adrien Reju e Katrine Ottosen (già nella band di Robinson). Nella band c’era anche il compianto Eddie Harsch scomparso nel novembre 2016.
The name The Magpie Salute comes from a superstition based in the UK… There are many variations, but the version I’m drawn to is the belief that if you see a Magpie, you would do well to salute it ‘to ward off negativity, or to have a good day.’ The way you salute the Magpie, based on some traditions is to say ‘Good Mornin’ Captain.’ The reason we salute is to show we’re unarmed, or what I like to say is ‘we come in peace.’ The Magpie falls within the Crowe umbrella of species, figuratively and literally. Magpies can be black and white which represents the light and the dark. I figured all of these things touch on many aspects of my life and this experience.