2 Steps Back started taking root about 10 years ago in the tiny town of Lenapah, Oklahoma. In fact ‘town’ is probably too strong a word. We’re talking a couple of hundred people, a gas pump and a post office. So what are the three music-loving brothers to do in a place where your high school is made up from four towns and the average graduating class has 40 people?
Well, Kyle, Jake and Wes Lowrey decided to form a band. In the nearby town of Delaware they found a like-minded musical soul mate named Dave Koscelny and 2 Steps Back was born.
But naming a band and making a name for yourself are two different things. And good luck trying to survive as a band when your town is barely a speck on the map and most kids leave high school and go directly to work at the railroad or the refinery.
These kids obviously have some of that famous Oklahoma red dirt in their blood. They hung together over the years and started acting like a band, writing like a band and most importantly, playing like a band. They blended all they heard on the radio growing up, from the Wallflowers to Matchbox 20 to even Metallica.
Kyle may just be in his mid-20s but like his brothers, he's got an old soul point of view. “Our folks were not musicians. But they did sing in the church and our dad rode bulls in the rodeo, so we got to travel around the state and soak up a lot of the sounds. Places like Tulsa and Bartlesville technically are not very far away, but they were like whole new worlds for us growing up.”
They don’t like the term “boy band” but they also know that there's currently no country band on the charts that includes four musicians that play their own instruments and write their own songs that also happen to be the same age as the fans they play for. And they’re proud of their county, pop, even hip hop hooks, just like artists such as Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, and Florida Georgia Line.
Whatever you want to call four young guys with good looks, charisma
and solid musical chops, it’s easy to see that they may just be the perfect missing link in the country pop world.
Their first single, "Off Romancing," gave them a taste of what pop country success feels like, charting on Texas Regional radio while the guys opened in major venues for artists like the Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols, Gary Allan, and the Randy Rogers Band. But they know there’s a long way to go.
The guys write every day, with Kyle and Jake Lowrey doing the heavy lifting, yet they decide as a band what works and what does not.
They went to Nashville recently and once they got past the culture shock, settled in and recorded four new songs with renowned producer Fred Mollin. who has worked and recorded with Jimmy Webb, Johnny Mathis, Billy Joel, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kris Kristofferson and many other legends.
The four songs they recorded in Music City are a mix of originals and even a song written by Grammy Award winning songwriter Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes).
They talk about how cool it might be to play with Keith Urban someday, because he embodies a lot of what they aspire to be. 2 Steps Back knows who they are and knows what they want. They play from the heart. They represent Oklahoma. And they've taken all that dust, dirt and wind from wide-open plains and whipped it into something special. They may come from a small town. But they play big music.