Aztec Two-Step Bay Folk-Rock Duo Celebrates 40th Anniversary With New CD “Cause & Effect”

An Evening of Original Music plus Selections from their Simon & Garfunkel Songbook
When: Friday January 20, 2012 at 8:00pm
Where: Avalon Theatre, 40 East Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601
Tickets: $25 and available 410-822-7299 or

New York, NY – In 1972, Aztec Two-Step burst upon the scene with its 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 that takes its name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. 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.

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 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 1999, they were the subjects of the documentary No Hit Wonder, aired on PBS.

Four decades later, Aztec Two-Step is more than ever defined by intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and inspiring harmonies. The duo has chosen to commemorate their 40th Anniversary by recording a new studio album, Cause & Effect, a 16-song collection with socio/political themes, produced by Paul Guzzone and featuring long-time bassist Fred Holman. The album is a combination of re-worked and newly mined material.

While Fowler and Shulman possess a rich musical legacy of their own, over the years they often were compared to Simon & Garfunkel because of what reviewers called their “intellectual lyricism and ethereal harmonies.” So it only makes sense that ATS would choose to interpret and perform the timeless songs and harmonies of their legendary predecessors.

Back at The Avalon for a very special concert, Fowler and Shulman will share selections from their Simon & Garfunkel Songbook as well as perform songs from their vast and varied original canon of music, honed over 40 years.

“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 

”Some of the most endearing, beautiful music I’ve heard in a long time. They’ve solidified their reputation as a unique, exquisite act.” — Performance Magazine