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Michael Cheval & His Absurdly Brilliant Works of Art

Posted September 2020

michaelchevalI’m not an art expert. I don’t even play one on TV. I’m not sure if I can articulate great art. However, as the old saying goes, I know it when I see it.

That was the case about a year or so ago when I was visiting the home of Boomerocity contributor, Jim Kroemer (see his Album Art articles on this site). While checking out his collection of collectibles, books and albums, I noticed two works of art hanging on his office walls. To learn the rest of this story, watch the video to the right.

What I will say is that the artist behind the two amazing works of art is a gentleman by the name of Michael Cheval. The more that I dug into his work, the more I dug his
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Here There EverywhereHere, There and Everywhere - 2019Consequently, I knew that had to interview the man. After a few months of inquiries and exchanging notes, we recently connected via a Zoom call. What a refreshing, positive experience!

Michael is a modern day Dali/Picasso - our own absurd surrealist that captures a view of culture in ways that burn themselves in our – and society’s – psyche. He has the uncanny ability to tap into our subconscious, add a big dash of absurdity, and create magnificently, beautifully brilliant worlds of art. Even If you don't consider yourself an art enthusiast, watch this interview anyway. You'll come away with a great appreciation of Michael, his work, and even of our great country.

After watching our interview with Michael Cheval, please tell your friends about it. While you are at it, check out his website, chevalfineart.com, to peruse his amazing work. While there, order a print or four and/or one of his books. After all, the holidays are just around the corner. 

Tom Fuller Discusses 'Waterfall'

tomfullerlivecroppedOne thing that Boomerocity LOVES is being pleasantly and surprisingly introduced to talent we’ve not heard before – especially if they’ve been around for a while. Such is the case with “maverick pop-rock troubadour”, Tom Fuller.

If you read nothing else from this review, read these two bullet points:

  1. Boomerocity LOVES, LOVES, LOVES Tom Fuller’s “Waterfall”. We really, truly do!
  2. Buy it.

This is one of those kinds of albums that sound “classic” while having the freshness of being totally new music. Well written. Well played. Well sung. Well recorded. The whole package. Read our review of it here.

After hearing the album, Boomerocity wanted to chat with Tom to find out more about the man and his music. I called him at his home in the Chicago area and we immediately hit it off and had an amazing visit. The video to the right is of the Zoom chat we had. Check it out. After watching it, please be sure to order Waterfall by clicking on the photo of the album on the left.

We consider Tom a new, fond friend and look forward to many more years of music from him. Keep up with him like we are by visiting his website, OfficialTomFuller.com.

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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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Cosmo Clifford & Stu Cook Talk Cosmo’s Factory at 50

Posted August 2020


Cook Clifford 02When Creedence Clearwater Revival’s album, Cosmo’s Factory, first came out, I wasn’t quite eleven years old and the only music The Stu Cook Interview I’d listen to was anything by Elvis Presley and The Archie’s “Sugar Sugar” that I got off of the back of a cereal box. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I was exposed to CCR and Cosmo’s Factory. One of my friends (“Bernie”) in the Phoenix neighborhood that I lived in played the guitar and was in a band. The band focused on CCR’s music and were wearing the grooves of their copy of Cosmo’s Factory and that’s when I started noticing the band.

As always, I’m late for the party.

Like a large majority of baby boomers, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s catalog of music makes up a huge portion of the soundtrack of my youth with several songs from Cosmo’s Factory being a part of it. Songs like, Travelin’ Band, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Run Through The Jungle, Up Around The Bend, Who’ll Stop the Rain, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, and Long as I Can See the Light. To this day, when any of those songs come on the radio, the volume gets turned up a notch or two.

With all of this as a mental and emotional backdrop, the 50th anniversary Cosmo’s Factory snuck up on me and when it did, I The Cosmo Clifford Interviewreached out to Stu Cook (bassist and co-founder of CCR) and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford (drummer and co-founder of CCR). Over the years, Boomerocity has interviewed Stu twice (here and here) and Cosmo once (here) so, naturally, I reached out to them again to share their thoughts and memories about the album.

Stu joined my Zoom call from his home in Honduras and Cosmo from his California home (separate calls). As always, the guys were kind, gracious, and generous with their time and thoughts. The two videos you see on this page are from those Zoom calls. For the most part, they’re unedited so that you can feel that you are part of that call. The atmosphere during both calls was laid back and the conversation free flowing.

So, sit down with your favorite beverage, get comfortable, and spin up both of these fun and insightful chats.

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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’!