Ween Go Country

An aquired taste.

It's not clear whether Ween's next album, 12 Golden

Country Greats, is the most outrageous album to ever be recorded in the

Nashville area, but it's certainly one of 'em. The album, due out July 12, was

recorded at the famous Bradley's Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. this past November.

Songs such as "Piss Up A Rope," "Help Scrape the Muscus Off My Brain," and "I

Don't Wanna Leave You On The Farm," features such Nashville session legends as

Charlie McCoy, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, as well as the Jordanaires (who sang on

many an Elvis record). In addition to playing with Elvis, these musicians also

backed Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson (and many, many, many more). As Dean Ween

writes in a statement released by their PR company, "For this album, we wanted

to see if it was possible to hire the great session players from the golden age

of country music, and after a few phone calls, I realized that the fifth Ween

album was gonna have 3 guys named 'Buddy' playing on it..." He is, of course,

talking about Buddy Spicher (fiddle, mandolin). Buddy Blackman (banjo) and

Buddy Harman (drums). This is the first country album to include a song,

"Powder Blue," that finds a long sample of Muhammad Ali laid over a pure

country backing track. Meanwhile Dean Ween's Moist Boyz are back together with

another album due on the Beastie's Grand Royal label in August... Both Ween

dudes are on "Don't Know Why (You Went Away), the KoStars (featuring Vivian and

Jill of Luscious Jackson) next single...The Weeners have tracks on the

Beautiful Girls sound track ("I'll Miss You") and the Schoolhouse

Rock album ("Shot Heard 'Round the World").