By BRIAN McCOLLUM
DETROIT FREE PRESS POP MUSIC WRITER
Bob Seger fans got a present today.With a new tour and album around the corner, the Detriot rocker this morning delivered his first new music in more than four years: a cover of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train.”
It’s classic soulful Seger, gritty and soaring at once, a guitar-and-piano band arrangement that deftly channels the song’s yearning mood.
Seger’s rendition of the much-covered Waits song was in the works for more than two decades. He first cut the song in 1989, four years after Waits’ original, but chose to shelve the recording when Rod Stewart and Jeff