Two for the Road is one of the most talented & versatile POWER DUOS performing today. Its members include: bassist, guitarist and vocalist Frank Costa; and lead guitarist, bassist, banjo player, keyboards, drums, harmonica player and vocalist
Their repertoire consists of classic rock, oldies, light country, blues, and more. The majority of their songs include a full production of instruments and backup vocals. An extensive amount of recording, coupled with long tedious hours in the studio has resulted in a final product of a full band. Essentially, they've accomplished a fully produced sound with only the two of them performing live. Private functions are their specialty, especially backyard parties. Frank and Jimmy are an interactive duo, with occassional members of the audience coming up to sing or play a song with them.
Frank Costa (Bass player, guitarist & vocalist) was born in Jersey City N.J. in 1954. He attended PS #6 Grammar School and graduated in 1967, then attended Dickinson High School in Jersey City, and graduated in 1971. He later acquired his degree from Ocean County College, and then attended Trenton State College. Frank began his music career playing accordian and trumpet in 1966 when he was 12 years old. A year later, he began playing guitar, and then shortly after that, the bass guitar. Like many musicians, he played in various bands throughout his high school years. In October of "71" a friend introduced him to a keyboard player from Elizabeth N.J. He asked Frank if he would like to audition for a band that will be going on the road. He accepted the offer, and a few days later he entered a clothing warehouse on High St. in Elizabeth, where the band had their rehearsals. So, Frank joined the band. It was then that Jimmy and Frank became friends and bandmates. The band was a spin-off of a national act called the 1910 Fruitgum Company. In the late 60's they had several top-40 hits, such as, Simple Simon Says, 1-2-3 Redlight, Indian Giver, Goody Goody Gum Drops, and, When We Get Married. Together with the rest of the band, they hit the road and headlined at venues around the country performing these hits. Since then, they've been working together in 3 to 6 piece bands, performing the full gamut of musical genres, from formal affairs, to rock bands, cover songs and originals.
Jimmy Bentley (guitarist, harmonica, banjo, bass player, and vocalist) was born in Brynmawr Pa. in 1950. Unlike Frank, Jimmy had more of a surburbia upbringing. In 1959, he moved to Montclair N.J., and attended grammar school there. In late spring of 1962, he and his family moved to Short Hills N.J. That's when the music bug hit Jimmy, and he began playing the guitar, while taking lessons. He attended Millburn High school and graduated in 1968. Throughout his high school years Jimmy was also in many bands. One band in particular included a drummer, named Richard Hughes. Richard, who has since passed away became one of Jimmy closest friends. In 1972 Richard became the drummer for Johnny Winter, and remained for the next five years. After his stint with Johnny Winter, he opened a recording studio in Spring Lake Heights N.J. Some of Two for the Roads originals where recorded there. After high school Jimmy attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston Ma. where he majored in Instrumental Performance. A few giants in the music business are alumni of Berklee. For you jazz enthusiasts, Pat Methany and Gary Burton to name a few. Another commercial giant whose dorm room was near Jimmys, was Alan Silvestri. Silvestri has and continues to write sound tracks for the motion picture and TV industries. To this day Jimmy and Frank continue to market their originals. As in the words of Two for the Road, "Nothing will ever take the place of Persistence and Determination."
Frank and Jimmy have been individually and collectively writing original songs over the years. Their original works cover a multitude of musical genres. One of their many is their original ("Bennie Song") which has been a favorite for years throughout Central and Southern Jersey.
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So make Two for the Road your choice of entertainment for your next function.