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Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, former street-performers, and consummate showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has been barnstorming from coast to coast for nearly a decade, developing a reputation as a must-see live act on the roots and retro music circuits. A tenor guitar and string bass duo in the tradition of the great Slim & Slam – with the occasional pyrotechnic banjo feature thrown in – Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have an obvious affection for pre-war American Jazz and Western Swing—but they’re no period piece. The decidedly contemporary feel of their lyrics and the hilarious, often ridiculous, improvised banter that peppers their live shows combine with the music for a thoroughly modern ruckus.
The Gentlemen (namely, Andy Bean and Fuller Condon) began The Two Man Gentlemen Band in 2004 strictly as a street-performing outfit. For three years, whenever the weather permitted, they played marathon sets in New York City’s Central Park (with occasional forays into the city’s subway system). After developing their act on the streets, The Gents hit the road for good in 2007 and quickly grew to be regarded as a premiere touring act in their genre.
In 2013, the Gentlemen were invited to submit a theme song for the Disney cartoon series Wander Over Yonder; The Gents so impressed the show’s producers that not only was their theme song selected, but Andy—the band’s songwriter—was invited to be the series composer. Wander of Yonder premiered in 2013 and received an Emmy nomination for Best Children’s Animated Program in 2015. Having scored two full seasons of the show (that’s over 12 hrs of music!) and been twice nominated for an Annie Award for outstanding music, Andy has become an in-demand composer and songwriter in the animation world. He is the songwriter and composer for two new shows premiering in 2017; Amazon Studios’ Danger & Eggs and an upcoming Disney Jr. program.
Despite the busy composing schedule, 2014 brought another full-length album release - Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites -the band’s 9th full length album and very first collection of tunes from the American jazz and string band songbook. Recorded live to monophonic tape using a single vintage RCA microphone, The Gents cheerfully zip through tin-pan alley tunes, banjo breakdowns, easy swingers, and mandolin rags made famous by the likes of Bob Wills, Slim & Slam, Red Nichols, and Cliff Edwards, along with a handful of delightfully revived obscurities.
Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Jazz & Swing Band Favorites (CD, 2014, Bean-Tone Records)
Two at a Time (CD & 12″ Vinyl, 2012, Bean-Tone Records)
Prescription Drugs (We’re Having a Party!) / Tikka Masala (7″ vinyl single, 2011, Free Dirt Records)
!Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta! (CD, 2010, Serious Business Records)
Live in New York (CD, 2010, Serious Business Records)
Drip Dryin’ (CD, 2009, Serious Business Records)
Heavy Petting (CD, 2008, Serious Business Records)
Great Calamities (CD, 2006, Serious Business Records)
The Two Man Gentlemen Band (CD, 2005, Serious Business Records)