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Listen: Paul Metzger tracks

June 2013

Listen to three tracks by Metzger, who expands the vocabulary of the banjo, modifying it and filtering it through Hindustani classical music. Covered by Byron Coley in The Wire 353.

Metzger says: "I came across a cheap, shitty banjo at a pawn shop. I played it a bit and fell in love with the sound and bought it... I play banjo in spite of its baggage and associations." The St Paul, Minnesota based banjo player has been making music since the 1970s, and from 2005 has released solo work that tries to expand the vocabulary of his oft-maligned instrument of choice.

"Of The Passing" is a track from his latest 2013 release, Tombeaux (Nero's Neptune), "Uses Of Invinity: Part III" is an unreleased recording of a performance at New York's Issue Project Room, "Emell" is a track from the compilation Open Strings (Honest Jon's).