"Right now, The Civil Wars song 'Barton Hollow' knocks me out," Seger said today during a teleconference with reporters.
The rough-and-tumble rocker, 66, added that his pal Kid Rock also gives "Barton Hollow" his seal of approval.
"I think we've both said that's our favorite country song of the year," Seger said.
He admitted to knowing little about The Civil Wars, but said the tune was on his "wish I'd written that" list.
And that's quite an endorsement from the man who wrote classic rock hits such as "Night Moves," "Mainstreet" and "Against the Wind."
Seger was on the phone to talk about his next release, an "Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets" collection, and his current tour. Itstops in Birmingham on Nov. 15 at the BJCC Arena.
Music lovers here will be happy to educate Seger on The Civil Wars, a fast-rising Americana duo that includes John Paul White of Florence. White and his duet partner, Joy Williams, have performed in Birmingham quite a few times over the past two years, at the WorkPlay entertainment complex and the Alabama Theatre.
If Seger (and Rock) are jazzed about "Barton Hollow," might we suggest they try "Poison & Wine," "20 Years" or "Birds of a Feather"?
Hear more of what Seger had to say, in Friday's City Scene and at al.com.