“This riff is genius, and it’s all in Keith’s droning, unique five-string performance. When people try to perform it on a six-string, they're messing up its emotionally sonic DNA. You have to play it Keith’s way, and he might be the only guy who can get it really right.
“In the absence of the low-E string, there’s a space in the sound that’s important to the overall sound. You have to have that air, and you can only get it on a five-string. I remember Keith saying in his book something about the sixth string getting in the way, and he was right.
“Ry Cooder showed Keith how to play in open tunings. All of the stuff that Keith did with the five-string has that cool quality of space – something's missing, and that's the whole point – but Honky Tony Women is the prime example. He plays air – it’s like another frequency he uses.”