Rex Fowler from Pittsfield, Maine and Neal Shulman of New York City met one "open mike" night at a Boston folk club in the spring of 1971. Each impressed by the other's talents, they joined forces and Aztec Two-Step (named for a line from "A Coney Island of the Mind" by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti) was born.
Just one year later, signed by Elektra Records, Neal and Rex were in Los Angeles putting the final touches on their debut self-titled album. Quickly becoming a staple of FM and college radio, the album remained in print for fifteen years and was the foundation for a performing and recording career that continues to the present day. In 1992, Aztec Two-Step was re-released by ERA Records.