BLUES ROCK STAR JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘TIME CLOCKS’ TO BE RELEASED OCT 29
BONAMASSA SOARS BEYOND EXPECTATIONS WITH PROLIFIC NEW RECORD AS ONE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S MOST REVERED STORYTELLERS SHARING HIS LIFE ON THE ROAD
NEW SINGLE “THE HEART THAT NEVER WAITS”; AN INSTANT BLUES ROCK CLASSIC PACKED EAR TO EAR WITH GENIUS GUITAR PLAYING AND POETIC LYRICS OF HEARTBREAK WARFARE
The album, which was recorded in New York City, takes Joe back to his early roots and rediscovers him at a newfound peak with an unparalleled Blues Rock prowess. Known as the man in the suit, loved by many as the ultimate guitar hero, and cited by critics as “the world’s biggest blues guitarist” (Guitar World), somehow the music mastermind has found yet another layer of immense new artistry to share with his fans. Recently Bonamassa dropped hints of the new album with his reeling anthem “Notches”, and with today’s exciting news, he’s revealed the Blues heavy single “The Heart That Never Waits”, another instant classic that takes a tale of heartbreak and turns it around into an undeniable showstopper meant for the stadiums. “I’ll be moving’ on” he sings compassionately with an air of independence, in a voice that’s only gotten better with time – a rarity for an artist with such longevity in their career. As one of today’s most consistent, in-demand touring acts, it appears that the road has been long and winding, but as time will tell on ‘Time Clocks’, the rough edges have molded his craft into gold. ‘Time Clocks’ follows Joe’s most recent live album, “Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From The Ryman” and his latest studio release Royal Tea, marking his 24th #1 record on the Billboard Blues chart.
‘Time Clocks’ is a collection that sheds new light on Joe’s life as a journeyman, constantly creating and always on the run. As “Notches” and “The Heart That Never Waits” would suggest, this album shows that even though Joe chose the road less traveled, it’s led him to success in the end. And he’s not backing down any time soon. A bit older in years, but wiser in knowledge earned, his new sound has a raw and vital flavor, combined with a resolute skill that can only be gained through years of perseverance and unyielding dedication. ‘Time Clocks’ follows Joe on his never ceasing evolution as he continues to forge ahead, bending genres, breaking down walls and defying the odds of the music industry.
For recording the new studio album, Bonamassa hit the studio with longtime collaborators Kevin Shirley as producer and manager/business partner Roy Weisman as executive producer. Recorded in New York City at Germano Studios/The Hit Factory the band 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), along with Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Prinnie Stevens on backing vocals. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Toto, Bon Jovi) and the fantastic artwork on this album was created by famous graphic artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Whitesnake).
Looking back on recording during COVID-19 and the original intention behind the album, he reflects, “Twenty years ago, I recorded a record of covers that eventually was called ‘Blues Deluxe.’ It was recorded at Bobby Nathan's studio in Manhattan. It captured an energy and purpose that always stuck with me as an artist. I lived in New York City at the time and times were pretty tough. My weekly routine was a combination of hustling sessions, gigs, and opportunities that seemed few and far between. I was hungry. Literally and figuratively. The music business is tough, very tough. Especially back in those days when major labels pulled all the strings and, in my case, all the punches. I subsisted on a basic diet of peanut butter and jelly and ramen noodles, purchased at the bodega on the corner of 83rd and Columbus Avenue.
Once a week I would buy a ‘Win for Life’ lottery ticket. ‘Literally my ticket out of this hideous business,’ I thought to myself at the time. My love for the guitar and music was just too strong to give up. Cut to 2019 and I find myself back in New York and inspired by the city again. My living conditions had changed dramatically in the subsequent 20 years, but the energy that makes New York City great still remained.
In February 2021, we found ourselves at Germano Studios, cutting music as a trio (but not trio music) and having to invent ways of making records when your lifelong producer is stuck in Australia due to travel restrictions. Kevin Shirley came up with a way of linking continents and consoles to where we had literally zero latency. Add Steve Mackey and Anton Fig to the mix, a few masks and curse words and we have the ‘New York Record’ aka ‘Time Clocks’.”
Now, with an even bolder energy than ever before, Bonamassa holds the power of controlling both his artistry and his business in both hands. With 24 #1 albums, yearly sold-out tours worldwide and custom annual cruises, he’s a hard act to beat. Joe knows his worth, and albeit humble, he plans to continue to beat the odds and exceed the expectations of naysayers. ‘Time Clocks’ is a testament to his credentials and a toast to his longtime fans. It’s Joe Bonamassa at his finest, ready to rock.
In releasing new music that’s destined for the loudspeakers, Joe is elated to get back to the stage. Recently completing a summer tour on the US West Coast, he’ll be back on tour for the fall season with shows across the rest of the country before taking the stage at sea for his sold out Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea VII cruise, sailing from Miami, FL to Ocho Rios, Jamaica on February 21-25, 2022, by way of the Norwegian Pearl. For tickets and full tour dates, visit https://jbonamassa.com/tour-dates/.