Bob Seger performs at The Palace of Auburn Hills in 2013. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
After dropping his new single, “Detroit Made,” last week to tantalize Woodward Dream Cruisers, Bob Seger announced Monday that Capitol Records will release his new album, “Ride Out,” Oct. 14.
Seger produced the album, his first collection of new material since 2006’s “Face the Promise.” In 2011, Capitol released a best-of package, “Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” that went platinum.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s song “Detroit Made,” written by John Hiatt, is an homage to the storied “deuce and a quarter,” the Buick Electra (and yes, car nuts, it was built in Flint — poetic license). Several Detroit and Windsor radio stations played “Detroit Made” over the Dream Cruise weekend.
Seger has been performing “Detroit Made” and two other new songs from “Ride Out,” “All the Roads” and “California Stars,” in his 2013 concerts.
“I feel really good about this record,” Seger said in a statement released by his label and management. “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.”
Over the years, Seger’s sound hasn’t changed that much, although his rock-blues-country sound leans a little harder on the country these days. He’s said one of his favorite satellite radio stations is “Outlaw Country,” which plays the rougher-hewn, harder-rocking singer-songwriters, and a few of his songs have landed there.
The native Detroiter has sold more than 51 million albums, and his 1994 best-of album, “Ultimate Hits,” was declared the top-selling catalog album of the decade, 2001-09, by Billboard/Sound Scan.