Andy Bean's listening to Van Halen

One half of the Two Man Gentlemen Band gives an account of his listening habits

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New York’s Two Man Gentlemen Band, frequent visitors to Knoxville, have just released Drip Dryin’, their fourth collection of old-style sort-of jazz banjo-and-kazoo music. They’ll be nattily attired as usual for this week’s visit, which includes appearances at Preservation Pub and WDVX’s Blue Plate Special.

Harry Reser’s Six Jumping Jacks: Harry Reser’s Six Jumping Jacks: 1926-1930 (Retrieval, 2007)

The world’s finest hot jazz banjoist. For our own very selfish reasons, we’re hoping that four-string banjo music like this makes a very big comeback.

Al Jolson: The Essential Recordings (Cleopatra, 2001)

Am I the only man of my age who cries when Al Jolson sings “Sonny Boy”? I hope I’m not, but I fear that I am.

Pokey Lafarge: Beat Move & Shake (Big Muddy Records, 2008)

One of America’s best roving ragtime troubadours. He comes through Knoxville often, I think.

Van Halen: 1984 (Warner Bros., 1984)

I listen to “Hot for Teacher” at least once a day. It’s a kind of daily physic for me.

The Two Man Gentlemen Band • Blue Plate Special at WDVX (300 S. Gay St.) • Thursday, Jan. 15 • Noon • Free

The Two Man Gentlemen Band • Preservation Pub (28 Market Square) • Thursday, Jan. 15 • 10 p.m. • $3 • 21 and up

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