Bruce Springsteen has recorded a new Pete Seeger song for a Seeger album that is penciled in for release this holiday season. Springsteen sings two verses and a chorus on “God is Counting on Us,” a song Seeger wrote in response to the oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Appleseed Recordings will release the Seeger album.
The song will be the sixth exclusive Springsteen song that Appleseed has released in conjunction with its various Seeger projects, label owner Jim Musselman told Billboard.com. The Boss has had tracks on 1998’s “Where Have all the Flowers Gone,” 2007’s “Sowing the Seeds” and 2007’s “Give Us Your Poor,” among others. “Tomorrow’s Children,” the latest Seeger recording from Appleseed, won the Grammy this year for best musical album for children. Seeger, 92, has been honored with Grammys, a Kennedy Center Award, the Presidential Medal of the Arts and a Lifetime Legends medal from the Library of Congress.
Musselman is calling on others to contribute to the album that he hopes to have singed within the next few weeks. Springsteen paid tribute to Seeger in 2006 with his album “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” and a live album from his tour performing the material.