An Artistic Line In The Sand

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Brento Live, Music | 0 comments

This gripy post is going to sound like a bit of a joke, but I wrote it down months ago and held it back so as not to embarrass the place that was kind enough to book me a few times. So….this is about nowhere I have played recently nor anywhere you see me regularly. Little Tokyo, Harmancos, River Wild, those places are fantastic as far as I am concerned, but sometimes places that don’t regular feature musiicans really don’t know how to treat them. I recently celebrated my 47th birthday by performing a 2.5 hour music set of mostly original material at a restaurant in a town about half an hour away. I was paid $60 & a free meal and earned around $17 in tips. I’m thrilled to still be making original music and sharing it with with new listeners. On the other hand is that blasted salad bar I was playing behind and the dozens of people who stayed well past their meals to drink and listen and subsequently leave without tipping or even throwing a “Hey, thanks I enjoyed it” my way. Music when done as a business is a thankless job. I let them know my displeasure at said obstructive bar the first time I played over here as politely as I good. I mean it is a giant empty bar on wheels and they have a huge empty event center right next door which they could easily roll it into when they have performers. I’ve decided to not book there any more. An artist has to have his line in the sand and for me, it’s a big bulky cold stainless steel salad bar mucking up my connection with the patrons....

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Hit Me With The High Points

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Brento News, Music | 0 comments

A Very Pointed Update Since much of my work in AEM with this current contract seems to often involved hand written HTML lists, I thought I’d give this update in bullet points and sub bullet points. I’ve gone with letters instead of discs strictly because I can. Let’s List It Out! Commuting an hour to and from work for a new contract for the next 2.5 months It’s been great so far. Great team of people Great Facility Adobe Experience Manager is Awesome Accumulating gear and knowledge for a planned hike on the Appalachian Trail starting in May Got my boots purchased from REI Waiting on their March 18th “Returns Sale” day to get the rest Planning a test hike in the Uwharies in a few weekends Seriously considering a Flip Flop approach starting in Harper’s Ferry, WV so I can hike as long as I’m between contracts this summer without running out of time in the North. Working with An Inodnesian Artist to Create Mother of Vampires Graphic Novel Character Sketches in the likeness of the actors are in Page 1 of the massive story that starts with the happenings of my film, “Take That,” is under way. I’ve given feedback and asked for a few changes and the process is working well I’ve found a Candian comics guy who’s helping with reformatting my film script to a graphic novel format. Counting the days until my first official Genesis 3 product is released at Daz3D.com Spending time with Liam in the Gyms with kind of a two pronged goal of losing weight and spending time with my boy. He’s almost 18. If not now, then WHEN? Trying to get to Trapdoor Recording Studio in Monroe an evening per week and every other weekend to work on finishing the new album. This place is strictly no frills and essentially a home studio setup The engineer is good and very easy to work with Early results are very...

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All My Posts Are About Two Spies Trio These Days

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Two Spies | 0 comments

The Two Spies Trio Summer Americana Tour is now extended into the fall “FRODO! If I take one more step it’ll be the farthest away from The Shire I’ve ever been.” In two days time I travel to Lynchburg, Virginia for a Two Spies show at the Whitehart Cafe. This will officially be the most distant gig from home I’ve ever played. How exciting. I sometimes do miss my rock n roll roots but this folky thing has been a lot of fun and it has afforded me the opportunity to get my original music out there in a much bigger way. That’s been a blessing. What a busy, busy Summer. With the addition of bass player & vocalist Carolyn Munn upgrading Two Spies from a duo to a trio, we’ve honestly been receiving rave reviews, which is welcomed considering the work we’ve put into our original music and social media since January 2015. Things are starting to reach a certain momentum and venues are finally calling us to book shows instead of the other way around. It seems our particular brand of folk Americana with bluegrass instrumentation has struck a chord and we do seem to be filling a niche. I’m not aware of another group quite like us in the region. I know we are all enjoying the weekly, or in some cases twice weekly shows, but it will be good to get a break to develop new material and work on the record over in November. My Mando skills are definitely coming along. I’m getting more and more comfortable with the scales and it’s starting to really feel a part of me, as the guitar does. What to add to my tool box next? Fiddle? Lap Steel? Nothing but time and instruments to be discovered. Hi Diddly Dee! A musicians life for...

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Hyper Artist Man & The Tour Bus Rolls On

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Brento News, Two Spies | 0 comments

Well, I’ve been in hyper-artist mode between Two Spies and script writing and storyboard rendering. It’s funny how often times the busier I am the more the creative vibes want to flow. I try to always let them. You knows when inspiration will come or go. I’m here for a finite time and have a lot of art to make in that time. The musical thing is going really well at the moment. I seem to have finally found the write people to forge a new body of music with and I am very very happy about that. Americana is a really honest sounding and feeling genre to work in and it kind of comes naturally to me. Presently, The Two Spies Trio is coming up on the 3 performance of our 9 week Summer 2015 – Americana tour. So far we’ve played a show at Badin Treehouse Co in where else but Badin, NC, this weekend it was Provisions Local Market in Waxhaw and this Saturday it’s a 1 hour set at Albemarle Nutrition from 1 – 2. Following that we’ll be returning to the legendary Harmancos on September 4th for a long Friday night show. September 12 it’s Morgan’s Tavern in Stanfield which we’ve never played before, then off to Lynchburg Virginia o September 19th to play the White Hart Cafe. BTW, that’s our first out of state booking so that is pretty cool. Afterwards, more local area gigs up through Oct 9th. Hopefully, after this flurry of shows we’ll to get back into the studio and polish off our debut record, “Following The Road.” We continued to produce new original Americana songs at the rate of about 1 every two weeks. Each song seems to be something better than the last one so that is an exciting state to be in with a band. Further out perhaps we’ll see Two Spies as a fully formed electric band. Hey, it worked out O.K. for Mr Dylan when he went electric right? Well, I’ve lost a few more lbs still but nothing super dramatic yet. I’ve been so busy with the music it’s kind of diverted me from proper exercise but frankly I plan to correct that post haste! I’m starting a new cleanse with Nancee today and those are never easy but they do kick off weigh loss in most cases. This morning it was a lemon juice and vinegar concoction. Not too bad. Let the record state that this morning my weight was at 325.5lbs. 250 is a long ways off but I will get there either before or after I begin my hiking on the AT this fall. On that note I’ve done zero training hiking since the short jaunt with Big Daddy months ago. It’s been awfully hot and that’s starting to change now so I hope to get myself on the Morrow Mountain trails...

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Two Spies Trio – Americana Tour 2015

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Brento News, Two Spies | 0 comments

Well, I’ve played many shows in many types of places with my legacy bands and acoustic collaborations over the years. If all goes as planned, in two weeks I can add grocery store to that list of venues. Ever since I heard that cute pixie of an actress, Rachael Leigh Cook utter the words, “What’s up shoppers” in her roles as Josie McCoy in the 2001 film Josie and the Pussycats before belting out a little rock ditty right inside a grocery store, I’ve thought what a bizarre places to rock a live show. The audience must be thrilled, amazed or possibly annoyed to be encountering live music as they scurry about collecting their food stocks. Speaking of first time things occurring, I reckon there are a lot of first coming up for Brento and musical crew. For the first time I’ve been booked to play a show out of state. It’s probably the first time I’ve been booked to play for 8 consecutive weeks. I’ve joked that we should be the tightest trio ever by the end of this string of shows. The band of...

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Two Spies Becoming a Mainstay on the Local Circuit

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Two Spies | 0 comments

This slideshow requires JavaScript. If you can call Albemarles’ 3 or 4 restaurants and bars that have music at all a scene, then we are on it! Gigging all the time is great. The only downside is that I really have to scrape to find sufficient practice time. Terry and I try to add something new for each show. That’s tough when sometimes you have as many as 3 shows in 2 weeks. I’m also working hard to edit and upload videos from each performance to track our rise to domination! LOL! We’re in another stretch where we have 2 gigs in less than two week. This time it’s Harmanco’s on the 15th and Little Tokyo Lounge on Thursday the 17th. Looks like we’ll be adding another JR Cash tune and a new Dylan song or two. It’s a nice problem to have. I guess ole Todd was wrong. People do love ballads and emotional pop songs. Two Spies is on track to complete more gigs in a year than AZ had in it’s 20 plus year history. To boot, we get paid for most of our performances. I like it! my wife Nancee swears it’s the mandolin. According to her, chics love mandolin. I’m thinking it’s probably the broader range of covers and laid back folk Americana stylings of the originals we do. It’s one thing to hold your ground and only play original alt rock if that’s your thing, but likely you’ll spend most of your time playing in a basement somewhere. It’s so much more gratifying to get to share our new songs with audiences. I should have switched to this format 10 years ago, but then I didn’t know Terry and of course he’s a funadmental component of the Two Spies sound. I’m just glad to be hear now and having these experiences playing my music in...

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