The Beyman Bros.

They aren't siblings in the traditional sense of the word. Nor were any of the trio born with the name Beyman. So, of course, it would stand to reason that Christopher "Doc" Guest (mandolin, mandocello, clarinet, guitars, lap steel guitar), David "Nudgie" Nichtern (acoustic, electric, and slide guitars), and Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston (keyboards, accordion, synths, and drum programming) would transform themselves into the guise of musical brethren better known as the Beyman Bros. The connection between Guest and Nichtern dates back several decades prior to either of them finding fame and/or fortune in the entertainment business. Guest (aka Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel) is arguably best known as an actor and director (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show), while the multifaceted Nichtern not only counts penning Maria Muldaur's 1974 Top Ten hit "Midnight at the Oasis" as an achievement, but he was also a co-developer of the New England Digital Corporation -- inventors of the Synclavier Digital Music System. These childhood friends spent much of their youth together in and around New York City's flourishing folk music scene circa the late '50s and '60s. During the intervening years the two kept in contact, with Guest also being the conduit for Vanston's participation (Vanston has also had the distinct honor of serving as musical director for Spinal Tap). On the Beyman Bros' debut CD release, Memories of Summer as a Child (2009), the trio is instrumentally augmented by Rafael Padilla (percussion) and Marston Smith (cello). The Beyman Bros project seems bound to remain a studio endeavor as of late 2009, as no plans have been made to bring their unique brand of new age instrumental Americana to the concert stage. ~ Lindsay Planer

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