Rye whiskey and wry humor are the modus operandi of Los Angeles’ Two Man Gentleman Band, a string instrument duo with a vaudeville flare. Within the past decade, the pair — multi-instrumentalists Andy Bean and Fuller “The Councilman” Condon — have gone from Central Park buskers, to a hot national touring act with seven albums under their belt to Disney Channel composers.
Based in the musical idioms of the early 20th century — most prominently ragtime, blues and jazz — the Gents’ original tunes boast boisterous rhythms, tight melodies and a good-time atmosphere, complete with an occasional shot of hootch and ribald innuendo.
The milieu of the Roaring ’20s is en vogue thanks to films like “The Great Gatsby” and TV shows like “Boardwalk Empire.” Don’t, however, write the Gents off as a novelty act looking to cash in. Bean maintained in an interview that he and Condon simply aim to play the music they love, squeezed through their contemporary sensibilities.
Two Man Gentlemen Band’s latest record, “Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites,” was released in July.