Lonesome Day Records, long known for their emphasis on quality over quantity, is tracking for a new project celebrating the songs of American writer and singer, Bob Seger.
With a 40 year career behind him, Seger still tours actively at age 67 with a rock and roll band, and continues to release both new and archival albums. Though young music fans may know him best for the use of his hit song, Like A Rock, in Chevrolet truck commercials on television, the song – and many others – soared on the rock charts in the 1980s. Other enduring Seger songs include Night Moves, We’ve Got Tonight, Against The Wind and Old Time Rock and Roll – to which Tom Cruise famously danced in his socks during his breakout film, Risky Business.
Randall Deaton of Lonesome Day, who will be producing with Shawn Brock, tells us that they are leaning towards Silver Bullet Bluegrass for the title (after Seger’s band name, The Silver Bullet Band), with hopes of having it completed and released during the first half of 2013.
“This is a project that I have been wanting to do for a long time, and it is all bluegrass. One of our goals with this record is to make it very easily recognized as bluegrass, and also very palatable to the bluegrass listener.
We currently have 14 songs tracked for the record. It is not a ‘hot pickin’ record; the focus is on the songs and the singers, and the arrangements stay fairly true to the originals. These are legitimate versions of great songs that will have some of the best singers in bluegrass contributing to them.
I think it will end up being a really cool record.”
Though he has commitments from a number of top vocalists, Deaton wanted to avoid naming them until their tracks were finished. He did, however, mention that Jeff Parker will be singing We’ve Got Tonight, and serving as a special production consultant.
Randall also promised more details soon. Stay tuned.