Return to Harmancos 15 Years Later

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Two Spies | 0 comments

Back In the 2000’s, I rocked Harmancos with my alt rock outfit, Absolute Zero. I was recently invited to back and perform by the new owners. I let them know that I was now in an Acoutic Duo called, Two Spies and they booked us sight unseen. Last Friday, March 27th, Terry and I gave our first full length show as Two Spies to an appreciative crowd. At times, the places was totally full and even up until the last song around 12:15 am, there was still a small crowd. Some of Terry’s family came out and gave some fantastic support and then plenty of the happenstance customers really seemed to like what we were laying down. It was a really fun show and I’m so glad I finally got a chance to play in the remodeled Harmancos. They were kind enough to rebook us before we left so it looks like we will be back there on Friday, May 1st, 2015. Come check us out! Great place to get a meal and catch a show. From way back in the...

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From NC With Love – Two Spies

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Two Spies | 0 comments

Well what can I say about Jamie Wilburn and his new brand along with wife Jennifer, “From NC With Love?” They were awesome enough to come out and shoot some shots of me following my music passion along with my partner in crime, Terry Whittenburg. It’s a neat little slant on a photography service that puts the focus on the beauty and diversity of both the people and places of North Carolina. I literally wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world. It really is wonderful here and the Wilburn’s have managed to highlight it in such a clever and attractive manner with their new brand. I’ve bragged to many folks that when it comes to visual design and photography, Jamie’s been gifted and consistently produces both layout and composition works that blow me away. I’ve been a visual design professionally for over 15 years and I’ve seen and worked lot of really great designers like, “Ben Rubeck” for instance. I put J.W. At the top of designers who just seem to really have a knack for it. As for me, I’ve always had to really try a lot of things and look at a lot of comps in Photoshop before arriving at the design, but I digress. Jamie’s got skills and now I know his wife does as well. Sometimes, I’d like to harvest the crumbs from Jamie’s table of cool ideas. I could really see, “From NC With Love,” take off. If you’ve got an NC business or event to promote with some standout photography, hit them up. Check out the website blog post about our shoot here. Notice Jamie’s account of how we first met all those long years ago. Johnny Brento is still around and still actively making music. Praise...

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

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

I wish a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all. This year I actually got to do a St Paddy’s day themed performance along with my acoustic duo, Two Spies, albeit a few days shy of the holiday. Read on to check out the images from the day. I don’t often dress the part but this year I did manage to wear a green tie. I had a green vest and kerchief, but I couldn’t bring myself to go that far. We actually managed to get in not one but two Irish tunes. I’ve posted the one below here before, but what the hay? Here is it again. Swallow Tail Jig – performed by Two Spies at Stony Mountain Winery March 14th, 2015 from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. Here’s a bit from ye ole Wikipedia on the holiday. Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3] and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.[5] Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6] Christians also attend church services[5][7] and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.[5][6][8][9] Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,[10] Northern Ireland,[11] the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. You’ll note that even though the church restriction on drinking alcohol is lifted for the day, nowhere does it mention getting shit faced on green beer. Not to sound preachy, but act like you have some sense, won’t...

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Two Spies – The Legend Grows

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Two Spies | 0 comments

What a fun Saturday! Good friends and good music! Big thanks to my buddy and probably best photographer I know, Jamie Wilburn for coming out to shoot Two Spies at the Stony Mountain Winery 3rd annual St Patrick’s Day celebration. We had a fun time and fairly solid performance in my estimation. We even added an Irish Jig called, “Swallow Tail Jig” to our repertoire as well as an Irish themed Johnny Cash number called, “Forty Shades of Green.” The crowd seemed to enjoy the performance, but there was that strange delay between the end of the song and the start of the clapping which generally occurs when a crowd gets too drunk. I know that by the end of the day a number of people had to be carried out and I find myself pity anyone willing to be a public drunk. I try not to be too judgmental of tipplers, but being a teetotaler myself, I find no use for alcohol. When you see someone having passed out from imbibing drink, I think it’s fairly clear that they do have a problem. Alcohol can be consumed responsible I presume but I only have a few friends who seem to have managed that. Most of them drink to get drunk and I do find that to be sad frankly. My hatred of all tobacco and the utter uselessness of it is well known by my friends so I won’t even go into that now. At many venues all the smoking by the front door and in any of the outside areas kind of sullies the whole experience for me. I still find it amazing that in the light of current medical knowledge anyone would still choose to smoke. It’s like rolling the dice where you might win a small buss the first few times you smoke versus potentially loosing many years of your life. Wake up People! It killed Leonard Nimoy 30 years after he quit. Call me conservative, but that is a risk I just cannot understand people taking. Today, Terry and I are adding songs for the full show coming up at Harmanco’s on March 27th. Looking forward to stretching out for that. BTW, the awesome feature image is one that Jamie Wilburn snapped. I hope to have some more like this as he gets the time to edit them. His work is really amazing. Swallow Tail Jig – performed by Two Spies at Stony Mountain Winery March 14th, 2015 from Brent Bowers on...

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Brento Whirlwind in The Thorn Tree

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Two Spies | 0 comments

Last night I had a dream where I was on stage playing bass for The Vaguely Symbolic, only we were just kind of making up songs instead of playing a pre-planned set. The bass kept making strange noises. Eric asked me, “What’s up with that bass?” I told him that I had no idea but when I looked it it, the instrument looked like a Salvador Dali painting. It was all melting and I literally had to stretch the neck straight to play it. Strange & surreal. This weekend saw a flurry of activity on the musical front. The weather was amazing as I drove Braden Hardwood up to Salisbury to record some choice backing parts for “South Hill Road.” It went like butter and only took 45 minutes or so. It’s so easy to take for granted just how smooth the setup is at The Realm. Eddie really has his studio finely tuned. Everything always goes so smoothly and sounds great. He has some fantastic instruments and mics and it is always evident on recordings produced there. We also got to listen to the final version of, “False Judas,” for the first time. As my buddy Dave Watson might say, I was GOBSmacked. Eddie had added a ton of finer touches to the song and backing vocals that floored me. I loved everything about it. Brad’s parts on, “South Hill Road,” were the final touch on that tune as well and it was sounding so much cooler than I ever expected. Eddie had added a harmonica part that just gave it so much flavor and made it sadder somehow. So very cool. Obviously asking Eddie to produce was a positive move for the album. I say, album, but right now it’s just two songs. I hope it becomes an album with the same style throughout. I got back to the store around 3 and Eric Cook came over to supervise a design of a live album cover for The Vaguley Symbolic. It’s always fun doing graphics projects for any of his bands. He has a quirky sense of humor as is evident by all of his lyrics. I have long been and remain a fan of his music. This last show I witnessed was easily the best I’ve seen from him. Those guys are really hitting their stride right now and it was great to see and hear. I expect some very cool recordings from those guys in the future and perhaps we can make yet another music video for them. Anyways the graphics turned out great. What do you think? Hey, speaking of videos, pre-production has started on a new music video proejct I’ve understaken. It’s for Braden Harwood’s song, “Getting Out,” which is a southern blues rock tune. We’ve settled on a concept and I’ve started scripting and storyboarding. I hope to shoot the first pieces of...

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Two Spies – The First Live Set

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Two Spies | 0 comments

The first public set from Two Spies went down Friday night, February 27, 2015 at The Little Tokyo Lounge. I have to say that as far as first time out’s for a duo go, this one went great! I was really surprised at a couple of things. Firstly, Wow but does that place ever have an impressive lighting system! Secondly, the crowd really embraced us. We got serious applause after every song. Terry was pretty smooth chatting with the crowd between the tunes and he won the crowd over early, he and the material. As I usually do, I managed to get a few angles of the show recorded. And in typical form I uploaded the songs online for posterity. Hope along the read more link to check them out. They are by no means the best we can sound but solid performances with good energy in my estimation. Hope you enjoy and especially hope you can make it out to check our sound live sometime.  Terry and I work hard to create a unique sound. We practice more often than any other band I’ve ever been in, truthfully. Big, big thanks to Braden Harwood for putting on these Song Writer’s Showcase and especially for always including yours truly. These things are super fun to be a part of. Also thanks to the crowd that came out. I reckon Terry and I got to debuet in front of 150 folks and they all seemed to be into the show. THAT was a very nice start for us. Also thanks to Little Tokyo Lounge for hosting. That was also my time inside the place and I was shocked how beautifully designed it was. In fact, I’d love to shoot a movie or something in there sometime. That place is really spectacular. Black Brook Black Brook as performed by Two Spies at the Little Tokyo Lounge February 27, 2015 from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. This One’s For You This Ones For You from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. Following The Road Following The Road – Two Spies performed at Little Tokyo Lounge on February 27, 2015 from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. Baby’s In Black Baby’s In Black – as performed by Two Spies Feb 27, 2015 from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. Delicate Matter DelicateMatter from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. False Judas FalseJudas from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. Sea of Hearbreak Sea of Heartbreak by Don Gibson as performed by Two Spies at Little Tokyo Lounge February 27, 2015 from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. Amusement Park Amusement Park – Two Spies as performed at Little Toyko Lounge February 27, 2015 from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. I’ve Just Seen A Face I’ve Just Seen A Face – As Performed by Two Spies at the Little Tokyo Lounge February 27, 2015 from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. Here are a few snaps I liked from the...

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