GREETINGS FROM METZGERVILLE

 
We're watching these kids develop into legitimate rock stars, and that shit doesn't happen over night. And for Warren it was the same thing. Warren was in the Allman Brothers, but he wasn't an omnipotent presence till the past 5-6 years. He got there recently, and that's the road that Metzger is on. It's really exciting that he's been able to entrench himself so firmly in so many musical worlds.

-Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits

 
Scott Metzger by Andrew Southern

Scott's next big set of sit-ins was with The Duo and Mike Gordon on their first GRAB trio tour. He first sat in with them on some Zeppelin tunes at the TLA in Philadelphia (at a show that RANA opened) and then again at BB King's in New York on New Year's Eve. He played new material with them at Twiropa in New Orleans during Jazzfest when the group tackled "Hoodoo Voodoo" off of Wilco's Mermaid Avenue. According to Scott, these high profile gigs were a bit hectic. "I don't know how [Mike Gordon] does it because the scene wherever he goes is crazy — just people trying to get backstage. It's amazing to be playing a room with that much energy coming off the crowd. It's a very exciting situation to be in." At the same time, he describes it as "a tough audience to get up in front of and play guitar because when Mike's there, it's a Phish crowd, and they just want to see Trey. They've got high expectations of their guitar players. It's a high profile thing, so I try to bring my A-game every time I play with them, but it's a blast." The LivePhish downloads for both of these shows undoubtedly introduced Scott's playing to a lot of new fans.


Scott Metzger by Eric Mohl
One of the more surprising things about this past year's whirlwind of shows and sit-ins is that Scott has been able to cross all kinds of barriers playing with people from bands whose fans rarely mix. In addition to hitting the Phish crowd with Mike Gordon, he's hit the Biscuits crowd playing two shows so far with Marc Brownstein and Aaron Magner in the Flying Circus. The Warren/Gov't Mule/Dead crowd is covered with his Mule sit-ins. The Ween crowd is covered with his regular appearances with Harford's Band of Changes this past summer with Mickey, Claude, and Dave — not to mention his two side projects with Claude and Dave. In an ultimate cross-pollination, the line-up for one Band of Changes show this summer included Mickey, Dave, Scott, and Joe Russo on drums. Says Scott, "I'm lucky enough to have a really amazingly talented pool of friends. For me, as a musician, it's just playing together. There's none of the baggage of 'I don't like their fans or their crowds' or that. It's like, 'these guys are cool guys, let's play together.' And the people that I've been able to meet and play with are very different across the spectrum. But when you get down to it, it's just your friends and the people who inspire you." Brownstein adds, "It's great to see those guys develop a relationship with Ween and develop a relationship with Warren and develop a relationship even with the Biscuits because it's so far from what they do. Just with the way that the last few years have developed, all of those barriers have broken down. The personal relationships have built up over the past couple of years, and I think that's the way it is in the jamband scene. It's just a network of people who are all legitimately in it together. There's a group of musicians who are rising to the top together, and none of them sound anything like the other. But over the years, you can't help but build up relationships with these people." He adds, "I do think that Russo is a bridge between a lot of these different scenes. And certainly Metzger being managed by Hard Head, it really brings Scott into that scene. Because who is the quintessential person but Warren? Warren is the quintessential guy who has developed musical and personal relationships with everyone in the scene on the upper level. And you're seeing the same thing happen with the young guys. We're watching these kids develop into legitimate rock stars, and that shit doesn't happen over night. And for Warren it was the same thing. Warren was in the Allman Brothers, but he wasn't an omnipotent presence till the past 5-6 years. He got there recently, and that's the road that Metzger is on. It's really exciting that he's been able to entrench himself so firmly in so many musical worlds."

Whether or not Scott makes it to that next level will be interesting to see. It's a quaint notion to think that it only takes hard work and talent to get ahead. As Scott has learned, a big part of moving on to that next level is keeping your own personal inventory in check and learning to ride out the ups and downs of the musician's life — not to mention a healthy dose of luck. Whatever happens, he's got a lot of people rooting for him. When I asked Brownstein if he had anything else to say about Scott, he closed out his interview with, "Anything else? I don't know if I can fluff Metzger any more than I already have. This is a fluff piece. I'm a fucking Metzger fluffer over here."

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ilovebiscuits starstarstarstar Fri 11/4/2005 10:16AM
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This kids really got something here. Great musician

neddy starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/7/2005 11:49AM
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Put a little Metzger in your life!

Nice article, Mr Hevron.

deadhead61088 starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/7/2005 05:41PM
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After hearing Metzger's stuff with the Duo, I got an inclination to check him out, but I didn't. This article made me go and actually listen to RANA, and all I have to say is THANK YOU SO GOD DAMN MUCH!

Ozox starstar Wed 11/9/2005 12:03PM
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I caught RANA opening for The Duo is sacramento. Metzger is a solid musician but has a long long way go if he wants to measure up to some of musicians his name was mentioned along side with in this article. My honest opinion - this article was a bit premature.