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Joe Bouchard Is No Strange Legend

Posted August 2020

 

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Sure, you’ve heard of them and if you haven’t, you’ve heard somebody say the phrase, “More cowbell!”.

Two of the founding (and former) members of Blue Oyster Cult are Joe and Albert Bouchard. When they were still part of the original line up of the band, they sold millions of albums with such classic rockers as “Don’t Fear the Reaper” as well as their #1 hit that was on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, “Burning For You”. Both contributing to the songwriting, and lead vocals on some of their greatest songs, such as Albert’s vocals on “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll”, and Joe’s on “Hot Rails To Hell”.

It was Albert’s work with the now-famous cowbell in “Don’t Fear Watch Our Interview With Joe Above! The Reaper” that fueled the oft-quoted Saturday Night skit about “more cowbell” that starred Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken. You can see that skit on this page and add to the “zillions” of views that this video continues to rack up, thus ensuring Joe and Albert’s place in pop culture is firm and permanent.

Boomerocity caught up with Joe Bouchard by phone at his home in Connecticut recently to chat about latest solo album, “Strange Legends” that was released last month. For the last two years, Joe has worked tirelessly on his 6th and best solo album. For the production of this album, he enlisted the help of Micky Curry, a drumming powerhouse, who has played with Hall and Oates, Alice Cooper, and more. He is currently the drummer for Bryan Adams, playing on all of his big hits. He has over 40 gold records in his archives. Several of the songs were written by Joe Bouchard and lyricist/sci-fi writer John Shirley. John Shirley is a long-time lyricist for Blue Öyster Cult and has written dozens of sci-fi novels. He was the co-screenwriter for ‘The Crow,’ starring Brandon Lee. Other songs on the album were written by the late John Elwood Cook, a very prolific songwriter, who wrote many songs on Joe’s earlier solo albums. Joe’s album also includes a cover of Ray Davies and the Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night.”

 

Joe says, “I really got to explore the production and mixing of this album like nothing I’ve ever done before. The guitar sounds are especially well produced. I play all the bass on this album, one thing that many of the Blue Öyster Cult fans miss on other projects, and wanted to hear more of. The vocals and guitars fit so well with Micky’s drums. It’s the best I’ve ever done.”

On the audio window to the right, you can listen to my chat with Joe about “Strange Legends”, the pandemic, and, yes, more cowbell. It’s a fun chat so please give it a listen. Afterward, tell your friends about it. Share the link to it. Also, visit Joe’s store, here, and pick up a copy of “Strange Legends”!

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Walter Trout Descends Into Ordinary Madness

Posted August 2020

Photo taken in Los Angeles  on 02/21/20.Boomerocity considers Walter Trout a friend. Over the years, he’s been kind enough to chat with us on three occasions. Each time was a fun and insightful experience for us as well as his fans who have read the articles.

Suffice it to say, we are thrilled and proud to present our fourth interview with Walter. As in times past, Walter was open, funny, insightful, and full of stories. But mostly what we focused our conversation on is his new album, Ordinary Madness (a great album that you’ll definitely want as part of your personal listening library!).

On the right side of this page is the audio of that conversation. With the exception of an off the record comment or two, what you’ll hear is pretty much our conversation as if you were sitting there with us as we talked.

Completed shortly before our country shutdown because of the pandemic, the album was cathartic and the themes of shared troubles dovetailed perfectly with the times we currently find ourselves in.

Musically, Trout’s antennae are up, as he pushes the envelope on the psychedelic layered vocal harmonies of The Sun Is Going Down, a song about dealing with ageing. Lyrically, he says, “it’s about running out of time. You gotta look at death, deal with it, accept it. That’s a condition of being alive.” The blissed-out anthemics of Up Above My Sky, nods to peak-period Pink Floyd and Trout worked with the US blues singer Teeny Tucker on the bereft All Out Of Tears – a tribute to her late son. On the haunting Heaven In Your Eyes, Walter was stunned by Marie Trout’s lyrics about the desperation of trying to find ways to reach the person you love but being unable to find the words.

“As the lyric says in Up Above My Sky,” he reflects, “sometimes you have to see through the darkness to find the light. I can’t wait get back out there again, meet the people at shows, hug them and pose for a photo. And I’m really looking forward to playing these songs live. Because I think this album speaks to these times…”

Guitar gear heads will want to listen in as Trout describes the guitars (a couple of them quite historic), amps and peddles he went through in order to get the precise sound and tone he was hearing in his head.

We hope you enjoy this chat with Walter Trout as much as we enjoyed having it. After you’ve finished listening to the interview, tell your friends about and then please order your copy of “Ordinary Madness’!

Carmine Appice Discusses Dio and Monsters & Heroes

August 2020

 CarmineAppiceLegendary drummers and brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice released a new video to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the passing of the late, great Ronnie James Dio, who passed awayon May 16, 2010 from cancer.

Boomerocity spoke to Carmine by phone as he and his family were in the midst of packing for a move to Florida. Our chat was relaxed but informative and focused mainly about the song and some memories surrounding it. Carmine is a great guy as you may already know from his many years of granting interviews.

Check out the “lockdown” version of Dio’s ‘Monsters and Heroes’, below. To the right is our chat with Carmine. Pleas check it out and let your friends know about it.

 

 

 

Also, please visit the following websites for more information on Carmine, Vinnie, and Ronnie James Dio:

Carmine Appice Website

Carmine Appice Wikipedia

Vinny Appice Website

Vinny Appice Wikipedia

Ronnie James Dio Website

Ronnie James Dio Wikipedia

Allie Colleen Makes Her Own Way

August 2020

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Boomerocity is thrilled to introduce to Allie Colleen. She’s an up-and-coming country artist that I will guarantee you that you will see this woman’s career flourish in the years to come. We at Boomerocity have immense respect for her because, though one of her parents is a legendary entertainer (and, yes, you have heard of them), Allie is bound and determined to make it on her own, with her own talent; her own chops; and co-writing her own material. This is a rare trait in a time when it’s all about who you know. Born in Owasso, Oklahoma, and a graduate from Nashville’s Belmont University (she goes into more detail about that during our chat), Allie has developed a style that is truly all her own.

Her impeccably strong voice with hints of timeless tradition falls between classic country and the emerging country sound. The room never fails to silence as Allie Colleen begins to sing about the layers of love and heartbreak that have shaped her. Some of her newest songs bring witty lyrics and a connection to the song unlike most today.

One of her original songs, Close Enough, gained nearly more than 715k views on YouTube. Her social media following has continued to increase every year. Her passionate drive and innovative vision set her apart from her peers resulting in here music and videos going viral on the internet – even capturing the attention of well-known radio show host Bobby Bones – proving that her audience is captive and waiting for her next song. Persistently working to hone her skills along-side industry professionals and performing at venues both around Nashville and national venues garners Allie Colleen a growing fan base.

Allie Colleen’s debut single, “Work In Progress”, defines the life that’s shaped her with personal lyrics and transparency in both the vocals and delivery. “Work in Progress” is a sweet sentiment regarding her introduction to the Music Industry co-written with hit songwriter Marcus Hummon and well known studio engineer Greg Beick. Her current single, “Along The Way” has touched hearts and continues to be a fan favorite.

Oh, the identity is revealed at some point in this video so definitely give it a listen and listen closely.

Be sure and check out Allie’s music videos on the left side of this page. Then watch our interview with her on the upper right of this page. When you’re done, be sure and tell your friends about this fun and informative interview!

You can also keep up with all things Allie at her website, AllieColleenMusic.com.

Greg Harris - CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted August 2020

greg.headshot.2020As Boomerocity readers and followers already know, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been a friend of ours for over ten years when we first interviewed their then CEO, Terry Stewart. In the years proceeding that interview, Terry would provide comments on any inductees we interviewed during his tenure at the Rock Hall.

Upon Stewart’s retirement, he was followed by the hall’s current CEO, Greg Harris. Greg has been equally as gracious and supportive of Boomerocity with his contributive comments about the inductees we’ve interviewed. Since he began his leadership at the Rock Hall, I’ve threatened to interview him about what is taking place under his leadership. With the pandemic affecting business globally – and, yes, even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Greg and I thought it was high time for us to have that long overdue chat.

The video to the right is the illustrated audio of that chat. We welcome you to give it a listen and please let your friends know about it. Also, please visit RockHall.com to check out its online offerings that Greg discusses during our chat as well as to help you plan your visit there.