What a pleasure to speak with the American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Buck Dharma. Yesterday we did an analysis on one of Blue Oyster Cult greatest hits, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, and how the song changed the music industry!
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” was the first song Dharma wrote and recorded on a tape recorder. In particular, the main riff and progression for the iconic bridge section.
Eric Bloom and Allen Lanier would end up supporting the guitar with backing parts. Dharma sang lead, with Eric and David Lucas providing backing vocals. Allen and David also played keyboard, supported by the spongy bass playing of Joe Bouchard. The percussion section is an amalgamation of various contributions from David, Eric, and main drummer Albert Bouchard. Eric’s sole contribution to the percussion section, however, was as the band’s famed cowbell player.
Today I am getting to speak with Buck, one-on-one, about his time with the band, his experiences, and other questions that fans and music lovers everything will enjoy. Including how he chose his stage name, how the band chose the name, and how their music transcended 70’s American rock!
If you’re looking to learn from a legendary figure about how he creates his music, this is the interview for you! It was such a pleasure to take the time and talk with Buck Dharma about his music career.