In 1972, Aztec Two-Step, whose name comes from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, burst upon the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Since then Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step. Their first album, along with their 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.
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. In 1999 they were the subjects of the documentary No Hit Wonder, aired on PBS. Forty years later, the duo is more than ever defined by intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and inspiring 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
"AZTEC TW0-STEP COMES WITH INTERESTING AND MELODIOUS ARRANGEMENTS OF PLEASANTLY BREEZY TUNES" - New York Times
"CULT FOLK-ROCKERS CAN STILL CARRY OFF THEIR SWEET, SUPPLE HARMONIES AND BOUNCY ACOUSTIC POP WITH APLOMB. RECOMMENDED." - Billboard
“…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
“…THERE WAS AZTEC TWO-STEP, PERFORMING WITH AN UNREFINED SWEETNESS AND VERVE THAT WAS FOLK-ROCK, PURE AND SIMPLE...HERE WAS MUSIC THAT WAS HONEST, THAT SPOKE FROM THE HEART AND SOUL WITHOUT GUILT OR GUILE, THAT SANG OF HOPE, LOVE AND PEACE WITHOUT ANY TRACE OF IRONY. IT WAS MUSIC THAT HAD ITS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT.” - The Hartford Courant / 15th Anniversary Concert
“SOME OF THE MOST ENDEARING, BEAUTIFUL MUSIC I’VE HEARD IN A LONG TIME. THEY’VE SOLIDIFIED THEIR REPUTATION AS UNIQUE, EXQUISITE ACT.” - Performance Magazine