Video: Scott Metzger “Don’t Be a Stranger”

RPF Records, 2022

Instrumental goodness from the much-in-demand guitarist, Scott Metzger.

A gifted and versatile guitarist, Metzger has played alongside a formidable list of other players: John Mayer, John Scofield, Warren Haynes, Nels Cline & many others. Just being able to hang with these names alone, tells you all you need to know about Metzger’s talent.

Already with a twenty-year career behind him, Metzger has recently released ‘Don’t Be a Stranger‘, the first single from his debut album, ‘Too Close To Reason‘, due out in a couple of months. The album features twelve instrumental tracks and showcases a more introspective side to music, with Metzger playing nearly every note of this primarily acoustic guitar-based album. The sole exception is, ‘Only Child’, a ballad with his fiancée, Katie Jacoby, whose main gig these days is violinist for The Who.

Metzger’s influences include Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt, Jim Hall, and Richard Thompson, so it makes perfect sense that he would be drawn to Brooklyn recording studio, Restoration Sound, with its mix of high-end digital technology and old-school vintage equipment.

The video was shot in Restoration Sound by Daniel Jaffe & Marina King and smartly edited by Jaffe. Presented in a lovely washed-out, sepia-tinged visual style, the video captures Metzger playing multiple parts on his vintage Martin guitars. The shots are presented in a series of different panels that keeps things interesting without ever becoming too distracting. The video is very effective, beautifully showcasing Metzger’s breathtaking playing.

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