Hanging Tree Guitars

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Hanging Tree Guitars - Small - Credit Timothy Duffy

Hanging Tree Guitars
9.1.20 | Bitter Southerner

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Freeman Vines - Small - Credit Timothy Duffy

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“Haunting” (Rolling Stone) Hanging Tree Guitars Book Released, Replete w/ “Remarkable Photographs” (Smithsonian Mag)

Accompanying music album Hanging Tree Guitars to be released September 25 Rolling Stone hailed new book Hanging Tree Guitars, out last week by...

Liner Notes for Hanging Tree Guitars Album

Liner notes for Hanging Tree Guitars releasedFreeman Vines made his first guitars because he was searching for a sound. Assembly line Fenders and...

Music Maker Relief Foundation Confirms Powerful New Compilation on Race, Hanging Tree Guitars, out Sept 25 with Three Previously Unreleased Tracks

Companion album to book of the same name (published on Bitter Southerner) on the guitars and artwork of Freeman VinesMusic Maker Relief Foundation...

Artist Freeman Vines Confronts Racial Terror with His Debut Book Hanging Tree Guitars

Published by The Bitter Southerner, Out September 1For over fifty years Freeman Vines has transformed materials culled from a forgotten landscape in...

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“Haunting” (Rolling Stone) Hanging Tree Guitars Book Released, Replete w/ “Remarkable Photographs” (Smithsonian Mag)

Accompanying music album Hanging Tree Guitars to be released September 25 Rolling Stone hailed new book Hanging Tree Guitars, out last week by...

Liner Notes for Hanging Tree Guitars Album

Liner notes for Hanging Tree Guitars releasedFreeman Vines made his first guitars because he was searching for a sound. Assembly line Fenders and...

Music Maker Relief Foundation Confirms Powerful New Compilation on Race, Hanging Tree Guitars, out Sept 25 with Three Previously Unreleased Tracks

Companion album to book of the same name (published on Bitter Southerner) on the guitars and artwork of Freeman VinesMusic Maker Relief Foundation...

Artist Freeman Vines Confronts Racial Terror with His Debut Book Hanging Tree Guitars

Published by The Bitter Southerner, Out September 1For over fifty years Freeman Vines has transformed materials culled from a forgotten landscape in...

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To meet Freeman Vines is to meet America itself. An artist, a luthier and a spiritual philosopher, Vines’ life is a roadmap of the truths and contradictions of the American South. He remembers the hidden histories of the eastern North Carolina land on which his family has lived since enslavement. For over 50 years Vines has transformed materials culled from a forgotten landscape in his relentless pursuit of building a guitar capable of producing a singular tone that has haunted his dreams. From tobacco barns, mule troughs, and radio parts he has created hand-carved guitars, each instrument seasoned down to the grain by the echoes of its past life. In 2015 Vines befriends photographer Timothy Duffy and the two begin to document the guitars, setting off a mutual outpouring of the creative spirit. But when Vines acquires a mysterious stack of wood from the site of a lynching, Vines and Duffy find themselves each grappling with the spiritual unrest and the psychic toll of racial violence living in the very grain of America.

Published by the Bitter Southerner in association with Music Maker Relief Foundation.

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