Seger recorded this with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
, a famous group of studio musicians who owned their own recording studio in Alabama. Other singers they had worked with include Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and Rod Stewart. They gave many songs a feeling of authenticity, which was important to Seger because his last album was very successful and he didn't want to be perceived as selling out to pop radio.
Jerry Masters, who was a recording engineer at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, told us the story: "We cut a demo on the writer of the song, George Jackson, there at the studio when we didn't have anything else to do. It was a great demo, along with some others we cut that day. Seger liked the song so much he tried to cut it himself, but after numerous tries, with the Swampers and with his band, he finally gave up. He and Punch Andrews decided to buy the demo track from us and put his vocal on it, and that ended up being the record. It's a classic. We also did 'Night Moves
,' and several more that were on the Silver Bullet Band
LP. So the classic 'Old Time' was in reality a demo we cut on the writer a couple of years earlier."