COMING LIVE/NEW CD
1/14: O'Mainnin's Pub, Bristol, TN, 10 pm
1/15: Preservation Pub, Knoxville, TN, 10 pm
1/16: Flat Rock Wine Shoppe, Flat Rock, NC, 9 pm
1/17: Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC, 8 pm
1/18: Jackrabbits, Jacksonville, FL 8 pm
1/20: Hop Jacks, Pensacola, FL, 9:30
1/21: New World Brewery, Tampa, FL, 9 pm
1/22: Caffe da Vinci, DeLand, FL, 8 pm
1/23: Engine Room, Tallahassee, FL, 8:30
1/24: Pineapple Willy's, Panama City, FL, 8:30
1/28: Asheville Show, UNC
1/29: Down Home, Johnson City, TN
The Two Man Gentlemen Band releases their fourth CD "Drip Dryin' with The Two Man Gentlemen Band" and launches 2009 nationwide "Drip Dry Your Troubles Away" tour.
What better musical prescription for troubled times than an impeccably-dressed, throwback, neo-vaudevillian duo whose live performances are a festival of expert musicianship; clever, off-center original tunes; hilarious banter, rowdy audience interactions, and free kazoos for the crowd?
Hailing from New York City, The Two Man Gentlemen Band combines hot jazz, vintage rhythm & blues, old-time country, and tin pan alley to create a joyous two-man sound that is all their own. Performing with plectrum banjo, guitar, string bass, dueling kazoos, novelty percussion, and a cornet, The Gentlemen whip themselves into a frenzy that is unlike any acoustic duo on the road today. And they belt out original songs that manage to be at once familiar, bizarre, fun, and entirely new.
The Gentlemen are on tour now in support of their fourth CD, "Drip Dryin' with The Two Man Gentlemen Band" (To be released Jan 14, 2009 on Serious Business Records). While their previous albums were rich in historical references - to William Howard Taft, The Hindenburg, Prohibition and the like - their latest effort is strictly a feel-good party record. When life gets you wet and doesn't hand you a towel, The Gentlemen say "Drip Dry your troubles away." They've even invented a dance, The Drip Dry, which they teach to the audience at shows, to accompany the record's title track.
On the rest of the album, The Two Man Gentlemen Band continues their habit of writing songs that are "so off the beaten path as to be virtually cliche-free" (Bluegrass Journal). There is a New Orleans-style stomp about the joys of rabbit meat, an ode to a croquet-playing girl, a rowdy shout-along celebrating gourmet beer, a tribute to The Gentlemen's intrepid minivan, a few sincerely tender ballads, a cautionary tale of drunkenness, and even a mini-musical in which The Gentlemen attempt to sing their way free from a pair of handcuffs.
On stage, the songs come to life. Their intricate harmonies, instrumental prowess, and uncanny musical connection makes The Two Man Gentlemen Band a great band to watch. But it is their charismatic embrace of a forgotten brand of showmanship that makes them a must-see! During songs, they frequently coax the audience to shout, stomp, dance, whistle, and kazoo along with them. Between numbers, their well-honed - but, improvised - banter with each other and the audience is often the funniest part of the evening. Banjoist Andy Bean - equal parts vaudevillian comic, depression-era huckster, loveable rogue, and society gentleman - serves as master of ceremonies and manic front-man. Bassist Fuller Condon plays the silent straight-man, stoically accepting the antics of his partner with the antics of his partner with the mild disdain of an older sibling.
After performing together in several dreadful rock bands, Bean and Condon began playing acoustic music together in 2005 as buskers in New York City's streets and subways. They appeared regularly on the streets for two years, during which time they entertained thousands of passersby, were featured in a documentary on street musicians, had more than a few chance encounters with celebrities, and sang themselves quite hoarse. Since taking their act on the road in 2007, The Gentlemen have embraced the lifestyle of barnstorming vaudevillians. They now play nearly 200 shows per year all across the USA and will be making their first trip to Europe this Spring.
"The Two Man Gentlemen Band fores off their ditties with such good natured pep that they transcend shtick!" - Time Out New York