On Aug. 18, 2014, the ever great Bob Seger announced he is planning to release a new record in October, the first since 2006’s Face the Promise. The new set titled Ride Out, will arrive on the Oct. 14; no tracklisting has been released yet.
The “Turn the Page” legend has been largely out of the spotlight through the last two decades. The last album Seger released before the hiatus was 1995’s It’s A Mystery, with the Silver Bullet Band. In 2004, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by fellow Michigander Kid Rock, and the pair teamed up for two shows in March of 2013. They teamed up again for a duet on Seger’s 2006 album and Seger even played piano on “Collide”, which Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow performed in 2010.
It’s been over four decades since Seger has been making records, and this time around, he’s ready to spill his feelings about what is going on today in the world. The new set will be 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,” he said in an official statement.
From that set, Seger played several new songs during his 2013 concerts including “Detroit Made”, written by John Hiatt and officially released last week; as well as “California Stars”, the title track “Ride Out” and “All the Roads”. And like many old time musicians through the years, the sound has veered towards a rock country sound.
To date, Seger has sold over 50 million albums, with a total of 16 albums between solo releases and working with bands, plus two live sets. His 1994 greatest hits has sold 10 million copies in the U.S. and in 2009, Billboard declared it the best selling catalog album of the decade.