Joe Bouchard

pop, rock

Joe Bouchard is a very successful recording artist best known as a founding member of the band Blue Öyster Cult. The original band recorded for Columbia Records in the 1970s and 1980s, and Joe has nine gold and two platinum records to his credit. He is a multi-instrumentalist who is also a composer, producer, engineer, and author.

He was an active member of Blue Öyster Cult for 16 years and recorded 14 albums for Columbia Records. BÖC, as they were called, toured tirelessly all 50 states and internationally in Canada, Europe, the UK, and Japan throughout the 70s and 80s. While best known as their bass player, he also played piano, keyboards, and guitar. As a songwriter, he wrote many BOC songs including the very popular Astronomy which was covered by Metallica.

Sensing it was time for a new direction, Joe retired from the Blue Öyster Cult in 1986. Since then he has dedicated much of his time to composing new music, performing and teaching. He has a bachelors degree from The Ithaca College School of Music, and a masters degree in music composition from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

Today when not writing and recording in his home studio, he performs with several bands. His latest group, Blue Coupe, is a superstar combo which features his brother Albert, also a founding member of Blue Öyster Cult, and Dennis Dunaway, a founder of the Alice Cooper Group and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blue Coupe has produced two studio albums. The first recording is called Tornado on the Tracks and features Doors guitarist Robby Krieger on several songs. Their newest CD entitled Million Miles More includes guitar solos by Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult, and a stunning vocal by the legendary Alice Cooper, plus many other guest artists. It was released in May 2013 to rave reviews.

His first solo recording, Jukebox in My Head, was released in 2009. Since then he has released five more solo albums including Tales from the Island, New Solid Black, The Power of Music, and Playin' History. They all are solid collections of songs. His fourth solo album The Power of Music was released in 2016, and Joe's 5th solo album is the aptly titled Playin’ History. It recaps the long legacy of Joe's music while looking toward the future.

Joe continues to record new music and tour regularly in the United States, Canada, England and Europe, and is currently performing "Bouchard Brothers Songs and Stories" with his brother Albert.


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