June 22: LAST DAY To Order Recovery Doll Single (This Summer…)

Today is the LAST day to order signed copies of my “Recovery Doll” single for awhile – I’m taking a summer vacation from selling the glow-in-the-dark green vinyl starting TOMORROW!

Unsigned copies can still be purchased from Wicked Cool Records on BandCamp.com (I’ll reopen shop and resume selling them in late August!)

To order signed copies TODAY from me directly send an email to info@stevecontenyc.com

Just state how many copies you want & your mailing address – then await a reply with payment info.

Thanks & have a lovely summer!!

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New Steve Conte Single Released!

Here we go folks – my new single is out!! Go to this link below to get it on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Bandcamp TIDAL, Deezer, etc – to purchase downloads & the vinyl.


But – if you want a SIGNED copy of the glow-in-the-dark green vinyl 7″ single, send an email to info@stevecontenyc.com stating how many copies you want & your shipping address and you’ll get a reply with the price.

Thanks y’all…happy listening!! ~SC

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

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

Steve’s Songwriting Workshop, May 15, 2021!

How did Steve write “Ballad Of The Lower East Side” for Michael Monroe, his own record, “Gimme Gimme Rockaway” & the music on “Gotta Get Away From Tommy” for New York Dolls? 

And what has he learned from working with great songwriters like Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers Todd Rundgren & Paul Simon as well as other greats like Willy DeVille, Peter Wolf & Willie Nile?

Find out…grab a ticket now!

Use the code above to save $25 on your admission to Steve’s workshop!

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The Music of Bebop ft. Steve Conte (Podcast)

APRIL 9TH, 2021 | 01:12:38 | E6

Cowboy Bebop combines jazz, blues, country, rock, even heavy metal. who better to discuss this genre-bending soundtrack than Steve Conte, vocalist from some of the anime’s most famous jams? He honored us with an interview, and even after this awesome episode, we STILL aren’t sure if we’re done talking about Cowboy Bebop’s music…


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New Steve Conte Music On Bandcamp Friday!

Yes, folks – it’s Bandcamp Friday once again and that means new music from Steve Conte! (Also from The Conte Brothers and their band Company Of Wolves!)

 Ever think you’d get to hear Steve Conte play jazz guitar? On a Bebop jazz tune – that he wrote? Well, it’s happening… Steve has released his “Temporary Insanity” to the world!  https://steveconte.bandcamp.com/track/temporary-insanity

Today, March 5th, is another Bandcamp Friday where for 24 hours, 100% of the revenue from sales goes directly to the artists!  It started at MIDNIGHT last night and will end at midnight tonight! 12AM PST, 3AM EST, 9AM in EU, etc. Get there before time is up in your country! And while you’re there you can hear a few of Steve’s other releases…


Also check out The Conte Brothers newly released cover of the Cheap Trick classic “How Are You”? https://thecontebrothers.bandcamp.com and their band Company Of Wolves heavy blues cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Play With Fire” https://companyofwolves1.bandcamp.com

It’s a wonderful thing Bandcamp.com is doing for musicians during the pandemic – since they can’t work together in studios or play live. Pleas support independent music…and thanks in advance! We love you Bandcamp!!!

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Steve Featured In Holiday Movie w/ Sopranos Cast Members + More…

Happy Holidays everyone! So… I’m singing/playing guitar &  “acting” in this movie (I’m playing a musician, big stretch, i know) w/ Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore & Maureen Van Zandt (The Sopranos), Eddie Brigati (The Rascals), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) Zou Zou  Mansour (Soraia), Dina Regine, Christian Keiber, Kerry McGann & many others!

Big song at the finale too…it’s only 25 minutes long – Enjoy!

Renegade Theater presents: “A Rock & Roll Christmas Carol”! 


Steve Conte Songwriting Workshop + Q & A Session – Oct 17, 2020!

TOMORROW!! October 17, 2020

Last minute special – 10% off admission! Use the code SHM10OFF when purchasing your ticket. 


Let’s talk songwriting; song form, chords, melodies, hooks, arrangement, lyrics & more! We’ll study some classics – plus – I’ll break down songs from my solo bands, New York Dolls, Michael Monroe & Company Of Wolves. And you can ask me anything musical during our Q&A session!! 


Anyone can participate no matter which part of the world you live in. Just do the time difference calculation… Starts at 12 noon Pacific time, 3pm East Coast time, 8pm UK time, 9pm Central Europe time, 10pm for Nordic countries & 4am in Japan. 


Reserve your spot NOW! Just $135 for this 3 hour event if you use the 10% discount code – SMH10OFF – https://www.eventcombo.com/e/songwriting-workshop–qa-w-steve-conte-40682

Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth – Now on Bandcamp.com!






Sonically, The Crazy Truth lies somewhere between garage rock and punky blues with hints of Latin-soul in a dark, smoky lounge. Stooges & Stones meet Morphine & Tom Waits. Classic roots with modern twists. Steve Conte brings the power, soul and raunch; a guitar hero on the edge of falling apart – with the voice of a derelict angel. Drummer Phil Stewart is equal parts Max Roach and Keith Moon while bassist Leeko was weaned on The Clash and old school reggae. Conte says: “This album sounds like a band playing LIVE because it is — drums, bass & guitar together in one room, solos recorded live on the basic tracks, rough and tough. It was like doing a gig – and I love playing live with this band because it’s all about interplay and the moment. We don’t just deliver the songs…we JAM!”


Lyrically, the songs reflect two decades of life and excess in New York City…the distractions troubled souls move toward to fill the emptiness. Dive bars, gambling, sex & drugs …it’s all there, but not celebrated with the usual macho rock attitude. It’s really about redemption. With Steve Conte’s unique perspective he sings, “I’m always putting the last things first, that’s why I’m starting out with the second verse” and “drag queens, drama queens, future ex-porn stars, we’re all looking for lovers with beautiful scars”. Whether he’s the morally bankrupt guy “coming downtown in a Gypsy Cab” or riding a “Busload Of Hope” to Atlantic City, Conte offers optimism – “In the end we transcend – we’re divine”.


Special guests include David Johansen (New York Dolls) on harmonica, Catherine Russell (David Bowie) & Nicki Richards (Madonna) on backing vocals and Danny Ray (Sylvain Sylvain/ Johnny Thunders), Kiku Collins (Beyonce) Tom Timko (Stevie Wonder) on horns. The album was mixed by the legendary Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Keith Richards) and mastered by Richard Dodd (Tom Petty/Green Day).