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The Contes

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The Contes are a rare breed: musician/singer/songwriters that make great records of their own, yet are often called upon to work with many of the music industry’s greats, including Paul Simon, David Bowie, Joan Osborne, Ian Hunter, Maceo Parker, Peter Wolf, and Billy Squier.

Influenced by The Beatles, Philly soul, Bob Dylan, bubble gum pop and Led Zeppelin, the Contes wrote and recorded their first “album” in their living room at ages nine and ten*. Big brother Stevie played drums a la Ringo and sang like Jagger-meets-Lennon on helium. Johnny would hang a plastic tape recorder microphone into the sound hole of a cheap acoustic guitar to achieve a killer electric “tone.” By the time the boys were in their early teens, they were earning partial keep backing their jazz vocalist mom at local venues. The brothers knew then what they would be doing for life: nothing but music.

Although Steve and John are currently making their CD debut as The Contes, they’re no strangers to the record business. Their new CD, “Bleed Together” marks their third independent release since leaving Mercury Records and their band, Company of Wolves, in 1992. In early 1993 they began a new project, Crown Jewels, and recorded two critically-acclaimed CDs — 1996’s “Spitshine,” and 1998’s “Linoleum.” Both records enjoyed coast to coast and international airplay and had many of the songs featured on network television and in films.

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  • kabi-iwaki

    I ditto you about everything, they rule ;D

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • JankoRaven

    Wow, seriously, only one shout! Madness - these guys are excellent. I love their work together. Glad I discovered them via Steve's work with Yoko Kanno. (Like many another nerd, I'm sure...) Also love their incarnation as the Crown Jewels.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply

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