The River Club Music Hall Presents
Aztec Two-Step & John Batdorf
78 Border St
Scituate, MA, 02066
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Aztec Two-Step & John Batdorf
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman met in March of 1971 at an open mic in Boston, and exactly one year later Aztec Two-Step burst on the scene with their 1972 self-titled debut on Elektra Records.
Their first album and subsequent albums for RCA Records were staples of progressive FM and college radio and helped to bring the music of the 1960s into the '70s and beyond. Since then, Fowler and Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk/rock duo that takes its name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
The duo has been praised in countless major U.S. 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. 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, and in 1999, they were the subjects of the documentary ''No Hit Wonder,'' which aired on PBS.
To commemorate their 40th Anniversary Rex & Neal released the 2012 studio CD "Cause & Effect," a 16-song collection of songs with topical themes produced by Paul Guzzone and featuring long-time bassist Fred Holman. The album is a combination of re-worked and newly mined material.
After four decades, Aztec Two-Step is more than ever defined by intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and inspiring harmonies, and continues to be one of acoustic music's most respected and enduring acts.
''… the right sound at the right time … beautiful acoustic guitar playing and questioning lyrics … songs performed with forceful vocals and near perfect instrumental harmonies.'' – Variety
"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" - John Platt, WFUV.
In 1972, just one year after meeting, Aztec Two-Step burst on to the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Their first album and subsequent albums for RCA Records were staples of forward-looking FM and college radio, and helped to transition the music of the 1960s into the '70s and beyond. As their recording career continued, so did the critical acclaim. The pair received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album of the year for their album, Living in America in 1987, and were the subjects of the documentary ''No Hit Wonder,'' which aired on PBS in 1999.
Having drawn their name from beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti's, "A Coney Island State of Mind", the folk/rock duo have spent their lives creating easy-going, harmony driven tunes, bringing with them a new take on sounds comparable to James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel. Aztec Two Step continues to be defined by intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, forceful vocals and near-perfect instrumental harmonies.
"In the midst of pure-as-silk harmonies and tight pop-rock-folk arrangements, Fowler's songs are biting commentaries of contemporary society. - Boston Globe
"Cult folk-rockers who can still carry off their sweet, supple harmonies and bouncy acoustic pop with aplomb. -Billboard