PREMIERE of the new Steve Conte single, one day before it’s official release on Wicked Cool Records!


by Steve Conte ~ May 27th, 2021. Filed under: Uncategorized.

Pre-order & listen now at this link: http://backstreets.com/news.html#conte

(Note: If you want signed vinyl do NOT order from the label, you must order from Steve personally. He will post info on release day – tomorrow!)

As you may know, Stevie Van Zandt handpicks everything for release on his record label, Wicked Cool. For the latest Stevie-sanctioned single, we have a Backstreets.com premiere in advance of its official release tomorrow. So maybe we can beat the Underground Garage to the punch and name Steve Conte’s “Recovery Doll” this week’s Coolest Song in the World.

WELL HEY LITTLE DOLLY…A wicked cool Backstreets premiere from Steve Conte, glow-in-the-dark vinyl and more for Recovery Doll

Or Coolest Songs in the World, considering Recovery Doll with “Rock and Rye Queen (Demo)” on the flip could well have been a double A-side single.

While many may know Conte as a member of last decade’s reconstituted New York Dolls — and his website is SteveConteNYC.com — the Matawan, NJ-born guitarist/singer/songwriter is also very at home across the river, where he’s been heavily involved in the Asbury Park music scene in recent years. Steve’s brother John has been the bassist for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes since 2008, and he plays on “Recovery Doll,” too, holding down the low end while Steve’s out front on lead vocals and guitar.

The drummer on the track, Charley Drayton, has played with the Replacements and Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos — and fans of those acts should find this “groovin’ rock ‘n’ roll track,” as Conte calls it, right in their sweet spot. Also appearing on the new A-side: Steve’s 11-year-old son Zia, among those glossy backing vocals.

While many may know Conte as a member of last decade’s reconstituted New York Dolls — and his website is SteveConteNYC.com — the Matawan, NJ-born guitarist/singer/songwriter is also very at home across the river, where he’s been heavily involved in the Asbury Park music scene in recent years. Steve’s brother John has been the bassist for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes since 2008, and he plays on “Recovery Doll,” too, holding down the low end while Steve’s out front on lead vocals and guitar.

Wicked Cool Records · Recovery Doll
Recovery Doll is Conte’s second single from Wicked Cool, following 2017’s Gimme Gimme Rockaway — which was picked by Underground Garage listeners as one of the Coolest Songs of the Year.

“It’s a pleasure and an honor to be back working with Stevie Van Zandt and to be on his label, Wicked Cool Records,” Conte tells Backstreets, adding that Van Zandt “has been a big supporter of my music since the first time he heard it, which I am grateful for. And of course, I’m a fan of his, too. I mean, you can’t go wrong with an Italian who plays guitar, sings, writes songs, produces records and acts!”

You might have caught Steve Conte performing at Light of Day a few years back, around the release of his 2014 album Steve Conte NYC. The B-side of the new single is a demo of that 2014 album’s “Rock and Rye Queen,” again with John Conte on bass and Drayton on drums conjuring that Mats-style rock ‘n’ roll that’s harder and harder to find these days.

Wicked Cool Records · Rock And Rye Queen (Demo)
“Recovery Doll” b/w “Rock and Rye Queen” (Demo) will be released tomorrow, May 28, digitally and on glow-in-the-dark 7-inch vinyl, a limited edition.

Get it here: https://orcd.co/recoverydoll

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  • May 27, 2021