Scott Metzger offered another preview of his upcoming solo album, Too Close To Reason, with the sophomore single “Waltz For Beverly”. The debut solo album from the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist is out on March 4th via Royal Potato Family.

Though known for his decades of service to everyone from John Medeski to ParticleToo Close To Reason shows another side of Metzger. Gone are the grandiose guitar solos that put Metzger on the map as one of the most reliable sidemen in improvisational music. Instead, he uses his spotlight to showcase his more delicate sensibilities, as evidenced with “Waltz For Beverly”. Serene and sanguine, the latest single captures Metzger’s acoustic soul at the heart of Too Close To Reason.

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“This was one of the last tunes written and recorded for the album. It didn’t occur to me until after I recorded it that it is a lullaby with an element of Irish reel music to it,” Metzger said in a press release. “The song was inspired by a stuffed animal bat named Beverly who lives in our house that has become a bit of a mascot. This one played itself—everything you hear on this song was a first take in the studio. Dan Goodwin’s mix of the song adds to the overall cloud-like mood.”

Listen to “Waltz For Beverly” by Scott Metzger below and click here to pre-order Too Close To Reason. In other Scott Metzger news, JRAD performed on Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia, where the Grateful Dead-centric tribute project welcomed saxophonist Stuart Bogie. Full-show audio of the concert is available below courtesy of taper Papaphunk. Scroll down for a full setlist.

Scott Metzger – “Waltz For Beverly”

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – 2/12/22

Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA | 2/12/22

Set One (78 minutes): New Speedway Boogie > Estimated Prophet > Dark Star > Here Comes Sunshine [1] > St. Stephen > Hey Bulldog > Viola Lee Blues > New Speedway Reprise [2]

Set Two (110 minutes): Easy Wind, China Cat Sunflower > Eyes of the World > Playin’ in the Band [3] Sugaree, Throwing Stones [4]

Encore: Brown Eyed Women, Dear Prudence


[1] Verse 3 only, finished from the previous night
[2] w Band Intros
[3] w Full No Quarter Jam
[4] w Samson and Delilah, and Genesis – That’s All Tease

Whole show featured special guest Stuart Bogie on saxophone/flute