Two Man Gentlemen Band
“Firmly grounded in a fast paced country swing tradition and downright enthralling in a live setting.”
Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, former street-performers, and consummate showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has been barnstorming from coast to coast for half 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, The Gents have 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. “It’s as if,” one reviewer commented, “The Smothers Brothers were young today, wore better suits, and wrote hot jazz songs about drinking.” To The Gentlemen, that sounds about right.
To make their latest album, Two at a Time, (Available May 1st on Bean-Tone Records) The Gentlemen employed an extreme contrast of modern and old-fashioned techniques. They funded the project with an online fan-fundraising campaign via Kickstarter. But, once the budget was in place they switched their computers off for good and proceeded to record, design, and package the album without the use of any digital technology. As ever, The Gentlemen, have a busy year ahead of them. Having relocated from New York City to dual home bases in Los Angeles and Charleston, SC (airplane travel isn’t too much of a hassle for a two man band with little equipment and a folding upright bass!) they’ll be hitting festivals and clubs all across the country. Their nationwide Two at a Time release tour begins May 2nd.