(by Kathe Molloy)

To: Area Entertainment Editors


Alternative Folk duo Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman known as AztecTwo-Step will touch the hearts and seduce the ears of listeners at the Newport Opera House on Saturday, April 8th at 8pm.
Rex and Neal entertain with humility, humor and the genuine joy that comes from
living your dream, acting out of an obsession, and surrendering to your calling.
After nearly 25 years of performing together Shulman and Fowler have perfected a depth and maturity in their music that imparts new resonance to their performances. They have their roots in the New York folk scene and they are bringing that coffeehouse vibe to Newport.
Their enthusiasm for each of their songs is infectious and creates a sense of intimacy, making each performance more like an evening in a friend’s livingroom.
Headliners in their own right, Aztec Two-Step have appeared in concert with such notable artists as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Jackson Browne, Bill Cosby, Randy Newman, Bette Midler, and many more. They have performed worked wide, been critically acclaimed in every major newspaper, reviewed in Rolling Stone Magazine, and have appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including The

King Biscuit Flour Hour and David Letterman. A new Aztec Two-Step documentary “No Hit Wonder” aired on Connecticut public television.
Over the years they released nine albums, one on Elektra and the next three on RCA Records. Their 1986 album “Living in America” was cited in Billboard’s year-end critics poll and received the 1987 New York Music Award for best folk album.
Rex and Neal released their first live album “Highway Signs” on the Prime-CD folk label in 1996. After almost 25 years and nine albums Aztec Two-Step has endured.
They still perform today with a refreshing newness and versatility.
Throughout their performances the duo reflect the individual components of their highly successful live chemistry. Shulman is a master musical craftsman who plays with uncanny style and ease while Fowler supplies the perfect vocal pitch with his exacting tenor and falsetto. Fowler’s own guitar playing and harmonica work also add to this deep texture of music.
If you think folk music is just Peter, Paul, and the other guy then take a look at Aztec Two-Step. The rules have changed. tickets are $8. and can be purchased at the door. Advanced ticket sales and reserved seating are also available. For more information regarding this event, the Newport Opera House Association’s 2000 WINTER/SPRING PERFORMANCE SERIES please call the NOHA at 863-2412 or Bill Wightman at Wightsteeple Productions, 763-8732.