By Jim Johnson

Bob Seger can safely say that he’s back in a big way with his first Top Three album in 28 years. Seger’s new critically acclaimed Ride Out collection entered the Billboard 200 album charts at Number Three this week, marking his best chart showing since his 1986 album, Like A Rock, also hit Number Three. Seger’s last studio album, 2006’s Face The Promise topped out at Number Four upon its release.

Seger just announced on his Facebook page that he’ll be joining country star Jason Aldean for a team-up on CMT’s November 28th episode of Crossroads. The show has won praise over the years of meshing rock and country acts that find common ground in each other’s material.

  • The past few Bob Seger albums have seen him really going over the material and tracks with a fine toothcomb before committing to a final running order for release. We asked Seger how he gauges what makes the cut for a new album: “As I go along, I say, ‘Well, I like those two songs a lot better than that third song, so then that third song gets dropped (laughs) and it’s an ongoing thing. And so, it’s just trying to keep the quality up as high as I can in my own mind. And like I said, I play it for everybody close to me; mykids help, because they play it for their friends. So, I get young people’s comments. My wife’s family’s comments, and I just pour it all together. Stuff like that.”
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band tour dates (subject to change):
    November 19 – Saginaw, MI – Arena at Dow Event Center
    November 22 – Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center (with The J. Geils Band)  
    November 24 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
    November 26 – Saint John, NB – Harbour Station
    November 29 – Boston, MA – TD Garden (with The J. Geils Band)    
    December 2 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center (with The J. Geils Band)   
    December 4 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena (with The J. Geils Band)    
    December 6 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena (with The J. Geils Band)  
    December 9 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena (with The J. Geils Band)   
    December 11 – Chicago, IL – United Center (with The J. Geils Band) 
    December 13 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center (with The J. Geils Band)  
    December 17 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center (with The J. Geils Band)  
    December 19 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena (with The J. Geils Band)  
    January 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – TBA
    January 24 – Toronto, ON – TBA
    January 29 – Columbus, OH – TBA
    January 31 – Atlanta, GA – TBA
    February 5 – Tampa, FL – TBA
    February 7 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – TBA
    February 12 – Dallas, TX – TBA
    February 14 – Houston, TX – TBA
    February 19 – Phoenix, AZ – TBA
    February 27 – Los Angeles, CA – TBA

FAST FACTS

  • In addition to Bob Seger‘s own new compositions, Ride Out features several covers — including the album’s lead single “Detroit Made” written by John Hiatt, “California Stars” featuring lyrics by Woody Guthrieand music by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett, Steve Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand,” and “Adam And Eve” which was written by acclaimed Australian singer/songwriters Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.
  • Both Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow collaborated with Seger on tracks for Ride Out, which failed to make the final cut.

CHECK IT OUT: Bob Seger discussing the new track “You Take Me In”:

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