In 1972, Aztec Two-Step, whose name comes from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, burst on the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman went on to spend a lifetime making music together as the folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step. Now, after 47 years of touring, Neal is taking an indefinite period of time off following the passing of his beloved wife Karen, and Rex welcomes to the Aztec Two-Step stage Steven “Muddy” Roues (Roues Brothers, Jon Pousette-Dart) on upright bass, blues harp and vocals, and Dodie Pettit (Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats”) on vocals, guitar and keyboards. Join Rex, Dodie and Muddy as they perform ATS fan favorites – old and new!
Aztec Two-Step’s first album, along with their subsequent albums for RCA Records were staples of progressive FM and college radio and helped to bring the folk/rock music of the 1960s into the 70s and beyond. As their recording career continued, so did the critical acclaim. In 1987 “Living in America” received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album and was named in Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll. They have been praised in countless major US newspapers and magazines, including Rolling Stone, and have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, such as the David Letterman Show, the King Biscuit Flour Hour, and World Café Live.
Rex and Neal released their first live album “Highway Signs” on the PRIME-CD folk label in 1996 in celebration of their 25th anniversary. In 1999 they were the subjects of the documentary, “No Hit Wonder,” which aired on PBS. To commemorate their 30th anniversary in 2001, they released a double CD compilation entitled, “Live & Rare” and in 2005, released their career-defining “Days of Horses” CD to rave reviews. Of this release, the Boston Globe said, “Fans of the duo’s harmony-driven tunes and easygoing acoustic guitar riffs will recognize their James Taylor-meets-Simon & Garfunkel sound. What’s new is the mood. This album sits back on its haunches as Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman look back wistfully at American pop culture and their own ride through it.”
To commemorate their 40th Anniversary year, early 2012 brought the official release of Fowler & Shulman’s studio CD “Cause & Effect”. The album is a combination of re-worked previously recorded songs and newly mined material. From John Platt of WFUV in New York, “The secret of Aztec Two Step’s longevity isn’t just the harmony between Rex and Neal, it’s also the quality of the songs. On “Cause and Effect” they revisit a lot of their repertoire with crisp acoustic arrangements. And while the songs were mostly inspired by a specific moment in time….they resonate anew today.” Their newest release is simply called “Naked” and it remains true to form – revealing, transcending, and very cool.
“May Aztec Two-Step’s word-brain fill the Air. Anybody that interested in poetry’s welcome to enter my ear.” – Allen Ginsberg