Though he’s long been known for his chameleon-like ability to authentically adapt his music into any genre, Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) – cofounder and lead singer of defunct rock band Ween – manages to maintain his own idiosyncratic flavor. (Ween fans used the term “brown” to signify the band’s over-the-top awesomeness.) Freeman’s tremendous vocal range lends itself to an almost schizophrenic array of accents, characters and spot-on renditions of covers by artists like David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Billy Joel. (I’m still amazed he wasn’t able to land a job doing voice-overs.)
In advance of Freeman’s upcoming show at the Strand-Capitol in York on Saturday, we’ve pulled together a Spotify playlist we call “The Many Sides of Aaron Freeman.” Take a romp through almost two hours of music spanning Freeman’s career from his nearly three decades with Ween to his tribute album dedicated to the poet and songwriter Rod McKuen, Marvelous Clouds, and songs from his latest solo album Freeman.
It’s about to get brown. You’ve been warned.