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Friday
Apr222016

"Power" Play: Ex-Blue Öyster Cult Bassist Releasing New Solo Album Next Week

Credit: Joan Levy HepburnFounding Blue Öyster Cult bassist Joe Bouchard will release a new solo album titled The Power of Music on Friday, April 29. The record, Bouchard's follow-up to 2014's New Solid Black, will be available on CD and vinyl.

The Power of Music features seven new tunes and two covers, including a rendition of the Blue Öyster Cult song "Career of Evil," which was co-written by Patti Smith and Joe's brother and original BOC drummer Albert Bouchard.

Another noteworthy song on the album is the lead track, "Walk with the Devil," which begins with a delicate 12-string acoustic intro and develops into a hard-driving heavy-rock anthem. Lyrically, the tune is based on the famous tale about how blues legend Robert Johnson supposedly got musical ability by selling his soul to the devil at a rural crossroads.

You can listen to "Walk with the Devil" now at Bouchard's official SoundCloud page.

The Power of Music CD features a 3-D cover, and if you buy signed copies of the disc at Bouchard's official website, you also get special 3D glasses personally designed by Joe.

Bouchard was a member of Blue Öyster Cult until 1986 and, since then, he has performed with a variety of bands and as a solo artist. He currently plays with Blue Coupe, which also features his brother Albert and original Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway.

Joe currently has a couple of gigs on his schedule -- a May 19 appearance with Blue Coupe at the 2016 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in New York City and a June 19 solo show in New Haven, Connecticut.

Here the track list of The Power of Music:

"Walk with the Devil"
"36 Strings"
"Is He the Wolfman"
"Power of Music"
"Dusty Old Piano"
"The Story of the Blues Project"
"Photographic Evidence"
"Touring Age"
"Career of Evil"

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