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Steve Vai Releases New Track Recorded with Gretsch Hollowbody, “Little Pretty”

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Guitar legend Steve Vai’s new studio album, Inviolate, will arrive on CD on January 28, with the LP coming March 18. Vai has released its first single, “Little Pretty,” as a preview.

“Little Pretty” finds Vai utilizing a Gretsch hollow body guitar instead of his usual solid body electric arsenal. He commented on the song and guitar he used for it:

“It’s on the wall with all the other guitars, and I’d always just look at it and go, ‘One day I’m going to play you… In writing the chord changes for the solo section, and the solo itself, I dug deep into my academic music theory mind to create a set of chord changes where the harmonic atmosphere shifted on every change. The dense chord structures required a series of synthetic modes to navigate. This approach is along the lines of jazz and fusion players, but I knew I did not want it to sound anything like that and the solo had to be totally melodic. The results were pretty powerful in that the entire solo section evokes melodic atmospheric changes that shift dramatically but work together well.” 

You can listen to “Little Pretty” below; pre-order Inviolate here.

Upcoming Steve Vai tour dates:

1/27 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
1/28 El Cajon, CA The Magnolia
1/29 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
1/30 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
2/01 Salt Lake City, UT The Rockwell at The Complex
2/02 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
2/04 Oklahoma City, OK Tower Theatre
2/05 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
2/06 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
2/08 Houston, TX House Of Blues
2/09 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
2/11 Birmingham, AL Lyric Theatre
2/12 Macon, GA Hargray Capitol Theatre
2/14 Atlanta, GA The Eastern
2/15 Clearwater, FL Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
2/16 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
2/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Parker
2/18 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
2/19 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
2/21 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
2/22 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
2/23 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
2/24 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
2/25 Huntington, NY The Paramount
2/26 Port Chester, NY The Capitol Theatre
2/27 Providence, RI The Strand
3/01 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
3/02 Boston, MA The Wilbur
3/03 Albany, NY The Egg
3/04 Rochester, NY Kodak Center
3/05 Harrisburg, PA Sunoco Theatre
3/06 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre
3/08 Warren, OH Packard Music Hall
3/09 Detroit, MI Masonic Cathedral Theatre
3/10 Morgantown, WV Metropolitan Theatre
3/11 Louisville, KY Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
3/12 Nashville, TN CMA Theater
3/13 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
3/15 Chicago, IL Copernicus Center
3/16 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
3/17 St. Paul, MN The Fitzgerald Theater
3/18 Kansas City, MO The Uptown Theater
3/19 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
3/20 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place
3/22 Sioux Falls, SD The District
3/23 Fargo, ND Fargo Theatre
3/25 Billings, MT Alberta Bair Theater
3/26 Bozeman, MT The ELM
3/27 Missoula, MT The Wilma
3/28 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
3/29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
3/31 Turlock, CA Turlock Community Theatre
4/01 Napa, CA Uptown Theatre Napa
4/02 Los Angeles, CA The Theatre at Ace Hotel

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