Andy Bean's listening to Van Halen

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

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