None other than Bob Seger's reps came up to the RS offices yesterday to preview three tracks from the giant of heartland rock's upcoming disc Face the Promise — the first new studio album from Seger in 11 years. The Detroit rocker produced the album himself and cut portions of it at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville. The first track, "Wait for Me," is a ballad much in the same vein as his 1980 classic "Against the Wind." It's currently slated to be the album's first single, due to radio July 11th. The second track, "Wreck This Heart," is a country rocker in which Seger seems to explain his decision to put his career on hold for the sake of his family. "There's time to work/Time to live," Seger sings. "There's only so much time around/If you lean to far over the wishing well you might fall in and drown."
The final track previewed was a cover of Vince Gill's ode to Merle Haggard "Real Mean Bottle," featuring labelmate and fellow Detroit native Kid Rock. It's easy to imagine it in heavy rotation on country radio. The full album is due in stores September 12th. The sixty-four dollar question: Seger has yet to decide if he's going to fire up the Silver Bullet Band for a supporting tour.