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DIVIDED SKY - Song Illustration

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Released: March 22, 2020

ORIGINAL: SOLD March 22 2020
Prismacolor marker on 11x15" watercolor paper.

PRINTS are signed and numbered.
Archival Print on Acid Free Paper. Limited to 100 at 11x15"
or 8x10"
Unlimited at 5x7"

Artist Statements

"To me, this song is all about Trey's immaculate control over the hollow body guitar. "Feedback" is when an instrument or microphone hears the sound of itself and repeats it into an ever escalating tone. With a hollow body, this could get cumbersome and screechy. But with familiar gear and an almost marshal art finesse, it can allow a guitar to "sustain" or ring consistently. Trey did not invent this. Jimi Hendrix was one of the earliest to use it as part of the instrument and would mark spots on the stage where he could stand to get the most out of it. In my own stage career, I refined this same method using an electric banjo which, because of the drum head, was like an over excited hollow body on crack. Many more guitarists have used feedback to produce angelic and demonic tones. For non musicians who love the tone of Trey's guitar and can't put their finger on why, this is why (that and the stereo aspect of it).

Divided Sky might not be the pinnacle of controlled feedback, even for Trey. He's using it more often than not in most jams. But for me, my first listen to Junta left me speechless on that one damn note. It would just sustain in a strait line while slowly tearing the universe into separate molecular strips. How the hell is he doing that? I hadn't yet understood the concept of those "f holes" or the anatomy of a guitar that is anatomically similar to a violin. But I didn't need to know how. All I knew was that in Limestone Maine one summer, he hit that note and the sky ripped in half (did anyone else see that?)."

- Dave Russo

 

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