Monday, August 18, 2014

Bob Seger Returns With New Album, Tour

Bob Seger will be releasing Ride Out, his first new album in eight years -- and possibly his final studio album ever -- on October 14.

The set follows 2006's platinum-certified Face The Promise, which broke an 11-year drought, though Seger has also released new music on the interim compilations Early Seger Vol. 1 in 2009 and Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets in 2011.

Seger produced Ride Out and recorded it at studios in Nashville and suburban Detroit, and he says in a statement that, "I feel really good about this record. This album touches on how I think a lot of us feel about finding our place in a more complicated world -- from how we appreciate things as simple and pure as love, to navigating through the corruption and violence that permeates the news. It sums up a lot of feelings I have about a variety of subjects."

A full track list has not yet been released for Ride Out but the set will include a rendition of John Hiatt's "Detroit Made" that he released to radio last week, as well as the original "All of The Roads" and a cover of the Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie song "California Stars" -- all three of which Seger previewed during his spring 2013 concert tour. Other songs he's mentioned recording include "Wonderland," "Ride Out" (once in the running to be the title track) and "Gates of Eden."

It may also be Seger's final word as a recording artist; last year he said with his 70th birthday looming in May of 2015, "I don't know how much more there is to prove. I wouldn't mind putting out one more record, one last swan song. That's all I'm concerned with right now is trying to make that as good as it can be, and then we'll look at everything else and play it by ear. I've had a great career. It's been a great run. I don't want to overstay my welcome."

Seger, who's sold more than 51 millions albums and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame, is planning to tour in support of Ride Out, though no dates have yet been revealed.