Dean Ween Group Release ‘Galveston’ Cover for Hurricane Harvey Survivors
Ween, who says he was the first artist approached to contribute to the LP, wasted no time — as he told fans in the YouTube description for the video, the group's version of "Galveston" was recorded Sept. 6 and uploaded the following day. It's just the latest Ween-related effort to help victims of the storm's horrific damage, following a fundraiser spearheaded by the Ween Appreciation Society that's raised more than $4,000 as of this writing.
"We in [New Jersey] have been through this before and it is indescribable. Without the support of others we would have been in very serious trouble," wrote Ween, referring to 2012's Hurricane Sandy. Ween called the song, a No. 4 hit for Glen Campbell in 1969, "an anthem of Galveston Island, Texas" and added, "Even Gov. Christie showed that he truly cared, I saw him at every town hall meeting, obviously exhausted — but the volunteers poured in from across the country to help us rebuild. some of my friends are still displaced though, four years later."
While waiting for word regarding the rest of the album, Ween fans — and anyone with the inclination and resources to chip in toward the massive rebuilding effort under way in the Gulf Coast — can visit the Appreciation Society's GoFundMe campaign page to contribute. With Hurricane Irma already wreaking further havoc in the Atlantic and more storms already brewing, efforts like this one will be needed more than ever. And Ween's in good company: all five living ex-U.S. presidents have banded together to spearhead a relief effort they've dubbed the One America Appeal.
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