The Two Man Gentlemen Band

The Two Man Gentlemen Band

BandAmericana

Hot Raucous Retro Swing from New York City. "Fleet four-string guitarist Andy Bean and bassist Fuller Condon write funny, sharp-rhyming songs that put them in the company of classics like Louis Jordan and Louis Prima." - The Boston Phoenix

Biography

The Two Man Gentlemen Band's brand of hot, raucous, retro swing is becoming an underground sensation. Just a few years ago, The Gentlemen were singing in New York City's parks and subways. These days, they traverse the country incessantly, playing hundreds of shows per year for ever-expanding crowds of dedicated fans.

The Two Man Gentlemen Band sound is a high-energy blend of the vintage and the modern. Incorporating elements of hot jazz, rhythm & blues, tin-pan alley, and western swing, The Gents write "smart write funny, sharp-rhyming songs that put them in the company of classics like Louis Jordan and Louis Prima." (Boston Phoenix). Their "keen vocal harmonies" (The New Yorker) and "virtuosic playing" (The Herald - Glasgow, UK), honor the traditions from which they draw inspiration. But their pithy, irreverent original tunes are full of lyrics "so off the beaten path as to be virtually cliche free." (Bluegrass Journal)

On their breakout sixth release, DOS AMIGOS, UNA FIESTA, (Released Aug 2010 on Serious Business Records) The Gents consistently "prove that making old-fashioned music needn't be polite or predictable" (Time Out New York). They deftly balance lighthearted, often hysterical, romps about reefer, wine, boy/girl parties, and chocolate milk with tender ballads of loneliness and fidelity. And with their cautionary, gospel-tinged stomp about the forgotten, alcoholic President Franklin Pierce they once again "take smart songwriting to a whole new level." (Mental Floss) It is a party record, and a dance record, yes. But it's also a musical portrait of the thrills, troubles, and temptations of a life spent barnstorming from coast to coast.

The Two Man Gentlemen Band's live show is an absolute must-see. Some reviews: "Terrifically entertaining!" (Mountain Xpress - Asheville, NC) "An unparalleled experiment in controlled chaos!" (Seven Days - Burlington, VT) "This kind of good time is rarely seen anymore!" (Valley Advocate - Northampton, MA). "Romping, outstanding fun!" (About.com) "They put on a clinic in how to engage an audience." (New Haven Register - New Haven, CT)

Consummate entertainers, The Gents match their instrumental prowess with enough charisma to woo even the most skeptical listener. They very simply command your attention. Their improvised banter, with each other and the audience, is as entertaining as the music. And the stomping shout-alongs that pepper their shows whip crowds into a sort of frenzy not typically associated with acoustics duos. Their showmanship and panache transcend whatever niche their musical style suggests.

Since making their national radio and television debut on The Bob & Tom Show and opening a handful of concerts for the Bob Dylan + Willie Nelson + John Mellencamp Summer Tour in 2009, The Two Man Gentlemen Band haven't slowed down one bit. They continue to pound the pavement, spreading their utterly singular brand of two-man music around the globe!

The Two Man Gentlemen Band is Andy Bean (4-string guitar, Vocals) and Fuller Condon (String Bass, Vocals).

Discography

Prescription Drugs (We're Having a Party) 7" Single (2011, Free Dirt Records)
!Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta! (2010, Serious Business Records)
Live in NEW YORK (2010, Serious Business Records)
Drip Dryin' (2009, Serious Business Records)
Heavy Petting (2008, Serious Business Records)
Great Calamities (2006, Serious Business Records)
Two Man Gentlemen Band (2005, Serious Business Records)