Andy Bean of the Two Man Gentleman Band talks about sounding like Slim and Slam, de jacketing at shows, and how his Tin Pan Alley show is like an AC/DC show.
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Two Man Gentlemen Band
Andy Bean talks about how The Two Man Gentlemen Band got inspired to play 30's era jazz. He says they'd been exposed to 30's era music en “We were just exposed to these records and I guess we were exposed to them enough that when we sat down to write songs, this is kinda what they came up sounding like. It sort of happened at first by accident and then we decided that this is kind of our wheel house and we decided to stick with it. “
And Bean sets up “Pork Chops.” Andy says they were paid a high compliment when a reviewer mistook it for a classic Tin Pan Alley song.” But this song is an original from the Two Man Gentlemen Band.
[Calvin plays “Pork Chops” from Two At A Time by The Two Man Gentlemen Band]
Andy Bean says that “Pork Chops” is based on a true story.
Andy Bean says the chief influences on the Two Man Gentlemen Band are some of the big dance bands from the 20's and 30's. But because they are a two man band, they end up sounding more like Slim and Slam the guitar-based duo from the 30's, “Who were probably also trying to sound like the big dance bands.”
Andy Bean talks about his music partner in the Two Man Gentlemen Band, Andy Bean plays tenor guitar and singing. Fuller Condon, aka The Councilman,” plays upright bass and he also sings. “We did the whole record live, right to tape.”
Andy Bean discusses their lo-fi approach to producing this album. “We wanted to do an all analog approach to it. Not so much to recreate the sound or as a gimmick or tribute to it. Bu we are always trying to make a record that we're gonna like to listen to. And it turns out all our favorite records were made that way.” Andy Bean says they hooked up with a guy who used to play with Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys who has a studio full of 40's and 50's vintae recording equipment.
Andy Bean says that because of their recording style, their album sounds very close to what the Two Man Gentlemen Band sounds like live. “We play a little bit faster live and we've usually had a couple of drinks so it sounds like we've had a couple of drinks. And of course you can see us live which is nice because we dress handsomely.”
Andy Bean sets up “Panama City Beach” one of their favorite destinations.
[Calvin plays “Panama City Beach” from Two At A Time by The Two Man Gentlemen Band.]
Andy Bean says it took them three take to record that one and they are dripping sweat. The Two Man Gentlemen Band usually starts their shows in full suits but when they play that song they have to “de-jacket”. Andy says “That's the one way they are similar to an AC/DC show.”
Andy Bean talks abut not having to go through a label. Andy talks about how the Two Man Gentlemen Band raised money for this CD through Kickstarter. He says there are pluses to Kickstarter but he also says “you really have to check your pride at the door,” to raise money through Kickstarter. Andy Bean says that they had to do songs at people's request on video to raise money through Kickstarter.
Andy Bean sets up “Cheese and Crackers.” Andy says this is their seventh full length record. Some of the early ones were a little sophmoric in tone. This songs is a tribute to those early sophmoric days.
[Calvin plays “Cheese and Crackers” from Two At A Time from the Two Man Gentlemen Band.]
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- Tank / Sunday Run Me Over / Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs / 2:55
- Whitewash Job / Down The River / Malcolm Holcombe / 4:14
- Shrinking Violet / Free / Bonnie Bishop / 3:41
- Long Way To Go / 3 Pears / Dwight Yoakam / 3:51
- Live And Die / The Carpenter / The Avett Brothers / 4:31
- Go On Ahead And Go Home / Sing The Delta / Iris DeMent / 3:45
- Sweeter Than The Flowers / Outshine The Sun / Foghorn Stringband / 3:02
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