Joe Bouchard – Hot Rails to History!   Interview by Jeb Wright

(Transcribed by Eric Sandberg)  

Over the years I have done numerous interviews with Joe Bouchard in support of his solo and band efforts. I always sneak in some questions on Blue Oyster Cult…this time; outside of the first question…this sucker was all BÖC! 

Enjoy this one as we touch on each album and some of the high points of the amazing Blue Oyster Cult’s career. 

Jeb: Before we get into me grilling you about one of my favorite bands, can you tell me what's new coming from you in 2018? 

Joe Bouchard: Well let's see...Albert [Bouchard, Joe's brother and B.O.C. co-founder] and I have been playing some acoustic shows and they're going really well. We're doing a show with Magic Dick from The J. Geils Band. We've always loved him. We were friends from a long time ago. He's doing this acoustic show with an Asian-American artist named Shun Ng and it's a perfect fit for what we do. 
We're also in rehearsals for recording a new Blue Coupe album. The songs are coming out fantastic. We just played a show this past weekend at a festival in Wisconsin. It was nice to get out of the house. 
The main focus is the new Blue Coupe album. We started writing and rehearsing it in April. We usually just get together about once a week and work stuff out with a tape rolling. Then we play it back and see what sticks. 
It may be the beginning of next year before the album is done, which is slow compared to how we like to work, but there are a bunch of other things coming up that may slow things down. 
My girlfriend is an artist and she is working on a bunch of paintings in 3D so we're working with the New York Stereoscopic Association. They are going to have an art show in Nashville in October which will feature her 3-D paintings and we're going to create a 3-D video for the exhibition. 
It's fun to work with artistic people. We also collaborated with a friend of mine writing some music for the Connecticut Ballet. She created the stage backdrop. She also painted the dancer's costumes. It was a wonderful experience. 

Jeb: You're way more than just a heavy metal bass player. 

JB: Well, I don't know. I'm kind of wondering what I should be doing. 

Jeb: That's actually a good segue because, as we talk about your former band, Blue Öyster Cult…you were always on the cutting edge of creativity.....