Joe Bonamassa Tells the Story of His Music Industry Experiences with ‘Notches’

Joe Bonamassa has 'Notches' - Photo by Eleanor Jane for California Rocker
Joe Bonamassa has 'Notches' - Photo by Eleanor Jane


Joe Bonamassa has dropped “Notches,” a rocker anthem with a liberating video, off his upcoming studio album to be released later this year.

Notches” tells of the journey Joe has taken to find success. The new music by the prolific blues-rocker reflects the experience of a wiser artist who once was at the mercy of the record companies. Bonamassa’s new sound is raw and  is a cry of victory, a result of his years of resolute devotion to his craft.

“Twenty years ago, I recorded a record of covers that eventually was called ‘Blues Deluxe,’ ” Bonamassa recalled. “It was recorded at Bobby Nathan’s studio in Manhattan. It captured an energy and purpose that always stuck with me as an artist…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.”

Joe Bonamassa on TV in Notches – Courtesy Paul van Kan

The new music video was directed by Paul van Kan.

On “Notches,” Bonamassa hit the studio with Kevin Shirley, who produces, and manager-business partner Roy Weisman who executive produces. 

The track was mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Toto, Bon Jovi) and was co-written with Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke). 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 fantastic artwork on this single was created by famous graphic artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Whitesnake).

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