On the first day of daylight savings, a pair of ’70s singer-songwriters turned back the clock a couple of decades for a delighted packed house at SoHo’s renowned City Winery.
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman were the quintessential Greenwich Village/New York folk/rock duo of an era when acts like Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell dominated the charts and when they took the stage on Sunday evening, their performance was as dynamic and infectious as ever.
The pair who continue to maintain their New York ties, rolled through a full album of previously unreleased material from their latest release Cause & Effect…generating as big a response from their many fans as some of the hits from their more than 40 years together. To further authenticate the occasion, the two were joined onstage by their longtime bassist and friend, Fred Holman, a key figure in their signature sound.
New tunes that were laced with social consciousness and topicality such as “Lazarus and Simon,” “Shanty Town” and “Johnny’s An Angel” (a heartfelt tribute to another beloved New York-based ’70s singer/songwriter you may have heard of, John Lennon), were received with the same kind of enthusiasm as such Aztec classics as “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On The Road)” and “Bakin’.”
The pair were the subject of a 1999 PBS documentary titled “No Hit Wonder,” but it was the raucous reaction of the audience which hung on every note and shared in the happiness that permeated their performance.
Opening for the veterans was bright, young newcomer from Hastings on Hudson, Matt Turk. The young performer more than held his own with a selection of beautifully arranged and performed acoustic pieces that could have stood up alongside any of his predecessors from the ’70s.
He was accompanied by pianist Gary Schreiner who also performed on accordion and chromatic harmonica. Schreiner also sat in with the ‘Two-Step’ on three songs including their exuberant finale, “Finding Somebody New.”.
If you love acoustic music…Turk’s a good place for a fresh listen. If you like Aztec Two-Step, you’ll be happy to know they’re not only still around…they’re better than ever!
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To learn more about Matt Turk, check out: http://turktunes.com