Blues guitar hero Joe Bonamassa has today released a third single from his eagerly awaited studio album Time Clocks. Penned with long-time collaborator Kevin Shirley the song “Time Clocks” has been unveiled exactly a month ahead of the long-player’s October 29 due date.
Clocking in at just over seven minutes in length the Time Clocks album’s soul-searching title track sees Bonamassa reaching far and wide lyrically and musically in an immaculately recorded and seamlessly composed musical extravaganza.
“And the rain soaking through my coat, about to capsize my boat, I push it along away from the docks, I was never a good puncher of time clocks," sings Bonamassa, bolstered by the elegant backing vocals of Juanita Tippins and Prinnie Stevens.
Tracked at New York’s Germano Studios and mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Toto, Bon Jovi) “Time Clocks” features a rhythm section comprising drummer Anton Fig and bassist Steve Mackey, while keys duties were taken care of by Australian “Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ,” Lachy Doley. Co-writer Kevin Shirley also lent his percussion talents to the recording.
While Bonamassa may not be “a good puncher of time clocks," with the new album adding to a back catalog numbering into the dozens and a massive North American tour just days away it’s hard to tell if he ever clocks off at all.
And long may it continue!
Pre-order Time Clocks here.
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