_Lee Butterworth_

Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween, is preparing his second official “solo” album, as the Ween co-founder will release The Dean Ween Group’s Deaner Rock 2 on March 9 via Schnitzel Records.

The new album, which follows up last year’s The Deaner Album, was recorded in Melchiondo’s studio situated near his hometown of New Hope, PA, with help from his Ween bandmates Dave Dreiwitz, Claude Coleman Jr. and Glenn McClelland, along with the Dean Ween Group lineup of Mike Dillon, Bill Fowler, Ray Kubian and Scott Rednor.

“I’m pretty proud of this one,” Melchiondo says of the album. “It represents the first time that I was able to take what we do onstage and put it on a record. 2017 is a strange time to be a musician, live music is really your main outlet for making a living. I never thought at this stage of my career that I would be putting in this much time on the road and in the studio, but I am, and I’m enjoying it more than I ever have.”