Joe Bonamassa has announced the release of his 16th studio album Time Clocks, due October 29 via Provogue.
Recorded at New York’s Germano Studios/The Hit Factory and overseen by longtime producer Kevin Shirley, the album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain, who has worked with The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Toto and Bon Jovi.
“What started out with the intentions of being a trio record turned into probably my most adventurous and involved record to date,” says Bonamassa. The Time Clocks backing band consists of eight musicians, including Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig on drums and percussion.
Bonamassa hinted at a new LP with the release of Notches in July, and follows that track with new single The Heart That Never Waits. Watch the music video below.
Discussing the difficulties of recording during the pandemic, Bonamassa revealed the extent to which the band worked to break down barriers from their traditional recording methods. “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,” he said. “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.”
Time Clocks will also be Bonamassa’s first album mixed to utilise spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and available for fans on Apple Music. The album artwork was designed by Hugh Syme, who has worked with Rush and Aerosmith, among others.
Joe Bonamassa talks in depth about his new album in issue 397 of Guitar Magazine, on sale 3 September. Subscribe to Guitar Magazine here.