Ween kicked off a two-night stand at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Tuesday night (Oct. 16). Naturally, the band played many of the songs from their 1996 Nashville-recorded album 12 Golden Country Greats with a band of ace Nashville cats called The Sh*t Creek Boys.
As Jambase reported, Ween and The Sh*t Creek Boys--consisting of Bobby Ogdin (piano), Hank Singer (fiddle), Danny Parks (guitar) and Russ Hicks (pedal steel)--got the special evening underway with the Country Greats favorite “Japanese Cowboy” and would go on to play eight of the nine tracks on 12 Golden Country Greats (only Ween would name an album 12 Golden Country Greats with nine tracks on it).
The only song they didn’t play from the album was “I’m Holding You.” One of the songs of note was a dust off of the Country Greats track “Pretty Girl.” The song was last played in 1996. Ween also busted out some choice covers (Ween rarely does covers). At the end of “Japanese Cowboy” the band segued into “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis, a song they had not played since 1996. They also threw in a tease of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Sounds of Silence.” Another special moment came when they dedicated their poignant song “Stay Forever” to pedal steel player Stu Basore--a player in previous Sh*t Creek Boys incarnations--who passed away earlier this year. You can check out fan-shot footage of the epic show above and below.
Earlier this month, Ween lead guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo shared a Ween show from Basel, Switzerland in 1990 that he considers the “best Ween show of all time.” But after playing the Ryman last night, Deaner has another show that ranks up there with the Basel show. As Jambase pointed out, Deaner posted this morning that the show at the Ryman was “one of my favorite Ween gigs of all time” and “it felt like (for me personally) like vindication for every second I ever dedicated to a life in music. And you the Ween peeps are the difference, the gas in our tank. Thank you.”
Ween returns to the Ryman tonight (Oct. 17). Click here for tickets. The band will also celebrate Halloween in Detroit at Royal Oak Music Theatre on Oct. 30. You can find ticket info to that show here.