The album is expected later this year
Blues rock artist Joe Bonamassa is back with a new single from his highly anticipated upcoming album, due out later this year. “Notches” illustrates the unshakeable journey that Bonamassa went through while taking the road less traveled, ultimately leading him to find success. A little older in years, but wiser in the knowledge gained, his new sound has a raw and vital flavor, combined with a steadfast skill that can only be acquired through years of perseverance and unwavering dedication. The first single arrives today as a dose of rock genius that strikes its foot and fist that pays homage to the artist’s resilient history, with an eye to the future as he continues to bend genres , to break down walls and to defy the odds of the music industry.
Bonamassa sings the bluesy-tinged lyrics in âNotchesâ with a vocal range that gets even better with each release, delving deeper into his rock abilities as he sings the resounding chorus, âI’ve got miles under my wheels. Notches in my cane. He takes no prisoners with his hard-hitting anthem and holds nothing back, delivering a fresh, unexplored sound unlike anything he’s done before. The official movie clip in excellent movies was directed by Paul van Kan.
For the recording of “Notches,” Bonamassa entered the studio with longtime collaborators Kevin Shirley as producer and director / business partner Roy Weisman as executive producer. The track was mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Toto, Bon Jovi) and co-written with Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke). Recorded in New York at Germano Studios / The Hit Factory, the group includes Steve Mackey (bass), Lachy Doley (piano), Bunna Lawrie (didgeridoo), Bobby Summerfield (percussion) and Late Night with David Letterman‘s Anton Fig (drums and percussion), as well as Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins and Prinnie Stevens on backing vocals. The fantastic illustration for this single was created by famous graphic designer Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Whitesnake).
The lyrics hint at Bonamassa’s fierce battle with the music industry. Looking back, he reflects: âTwenty years ago I recorded a cover record that was finally called Luxury Blue‘It was recorded at Bobby Nathan’s studio in Manhattan. It captured an energy and a purpose that have always marked me as an artistâ¦ The music business is tough, very tough. Especially in the days when the majors pulled all the strings and, in my case, all the blows. “
Now, perhaps more than ever, Bonamassa holds the power to control both his art and his business in both hands. With 24 No.1 albums, annual sold-out tours around the world, and annual personalized cruises, it’s a number hard to beat. Joe knows his worth, and although humble, he has no intention of backing down now. “Notches” testifies to its references. He’s Joe Bonamassa at his best, ready to rock.
“Notches” is a song that demands to be heard live in an audience, hitting hard through the speakers. Luckily for fans, this month Bonamassa is going back on tour for 42 shows, starting on the West Coast of the United States at the end of this month and then traveling to the rest of the country throughout the fall season. before taking the stage at sea for her sold-out Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea VII cruise, sailing from Miami, Florida to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, February 21-25, 2022, via Norwegian Pearl.