Joe Bonamassa releases new song, Notches, ahead of new studio album.

Joe Bonamassa has released Notches, the rock anthem taken from his new album expected later this year. Notches looks at Joe’s resilient journey, which led him to what is now a unique position in the music industry.

The lyrics on Notches look back at his early struggles. “Twenty years ago, I recorded a record of covers that eventually was called Blues Deluxe,” Joe says. “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.”

The cinematic video was directed by Paul van Kan.

Recorded at Germano Studios/The Hit Factory in New York City, Joe was joined by 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.

Kevin Shirley returns as producer and manager/business partner Roy Weisman as executive produce. Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Toto, Bon Jovi) completed the mixing, and Notches was co-written with Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke).

Notches can be bought from

Joe tours the US this year. Full gig listing is available at

Joe Bonamassa - Notches cover

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  1. “Notches” excellent, EXCEPT, where are the incredible riffs Joe almost always puts together? Beautiful vocals, lacking instrumental. I like listening to you……….,love watching you fire-up the fret board


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