Album Review

Darren C. Demaree
As this nation’s leading drunk banjo/bass perverts, the elegance of The Two Man Gentlemen Band is lost on some people, and I don’t think they would have it any other way. This band was created to take a crowd, however small, and turn them out so completely that it is as much performance art as it is whiskey-silo jubilee.

On their most recent release, “The Two Man Gentlemen Band Live in New York!” Andy Bean and Fuller Condon are able to aptly convey their show experience, while expanding on some of their most popular tracks, all the while leading the crowd in almost a continuous sing-a-long. Peppered with jokes, and other crowd participations, these forty-one minutes of moonshine exceed any of the most recent live albums I have heard.

I would be remiss to not point out that as silly and entertaining as this band can be, they’re also amazing musicians, with talents that span many instruments, and many vocal arrangements. They’re just a damn good, musically sound band that seems to be able to adapt to any mode of play.

You can find about six ways to appreciate this band, and I encourage the effort, but in the name of William Howard Taft, don’t let it get in the way of the fun.