One-On-One with The Two Man Gentlemen Band

The Two Man Gentlemen Band may only have two players in their line-up, but they bring the energy of seven. The Two Man Gentleman Band consists of Andy Bean and Fuller Condon (known on stage as “The Councilman”). They will instantly make you their good friend, and you will want to buy yourself a fancy beer shortly thereafter.

Bean and The Councilman have amazing synchronized chemistry, which makes their expert musicianship seem effortless. The Councilman, on upright bass, has a stoic, Strenuous Life type of character. Andy Bean switches between playing the four-stringed guitar and the banjo, his gregarious stage banter accentuating the sing-along drinking song style of songwriting. We bent Andy Bean’s ear just for you.

BAM: How would you describe your music for those who haven’t heard it?

AB: We’ve taken to calling ourselves kind of a better-dressed, more musically skilled, hot-jazz Smothers Brothers.

BAM: How did the band form?

AB: The Councilman and I met at an audition for a lousy college rock band when we were in college. We did that for a little while, and then we made a musical love connection, so we continued on with The Two Man Gentlemen Band after that.

BAM: Where did you go to college?

AB: We went to Columbia, in New York City. We have expensive educations that we’re not doing anything with.

BAM: What artists are you inspired by?

AB: We’ve run the gamut of all sorts of American Roots music, from ’20s and ’30s jazz dance bands and onwards, up to rockabilly and things like that. Recently, we’ve been listening to a lot of Western Swing. A lot of Bob Wills, and Milton Brown & his Musical Brownies.

BAM: Are you a fan of Slim and Slam?

AB: They are the two-man band from which we are directly descended.

BAM: What would you be doing if you weren’t being a musician?

AB: Oh man. I went to graduate school for mathematics before we started doing this. So I’d probably be doing something related to that. And the big downer to that is, you don’t get free drinks when you’re doing math.

BAM: In your many travels, what are the cities you look forward to performing in?

AB: There’s a lot of them. San Francisco. We’ve never had bad shows in San Francisco. We really like Portland. On the East Coast, New York is always great, but some of the smaller southeastern places, we have a great time. Like Lexington, Ky., and Chattanooga as well, and Knoxville. I think folks in that part of the country have an ear for our sort of music. And we kill it in Detroit almost all the time. Other unexpected ones