"Countin' on a Miracle," a track from Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming Columbia album "The Rising," will debut a little more than a week before the album's release on E Street Band guitarist Little Ste

"Countin' on a Miracle," a track from Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming Columbia album "The Rising," will debut a little more than a week before the album's release on E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt's syndicated radio show. The song will be heard the "Little Steven's Underground Garage" episode that will air July 20 and 21, which will also feature such other New Jersey-bred acts as the Rascals, Richard and the Young Lions, the Knickerbockers, and the Swingin' Neckbreakers. "The Rising" is due out July 30.

While "Countin' on a Miracle" is not of the ilk of most of his weekly show's distorted guitar fare, Van Zandt says it won't be out of place. "Garage [rock] is the common thread for all of us," he says. "If you want to play rock and roll, you start with garage." It won't be the first time Van Zandt has included a song by the Boss in his playlist, as he played "Restless Nights," from the 1998 Columbia compilation "Tracks," during his debut show.

By the time the show airs, a quartet of songs from the album will have been officially premiered online via AOL Music First Listen, Netscape Music, and the artist's Columbia-run Web site, brucespringsteen.net. The title track was unveiled June 24, followed last week by "Lonesome Day," and yesterday (July 15) "Into the Fire." "Mary's Place" is slated to premiere next Monday (July 22) through the sites.

Since its debut in April, the Hard Rock Cafe-syndicated "Little Steven's Underground Garage" has expanded its listening audience to 58 U.S. markets. For more information on the show, visit Van Zandt's official Web site.

Van Zandt will be with Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band for a pair of shows in Asbury Park, N.Y., July 26 and July 30. The former will be for an audience of radio station contest winners from around the country, while the part of the latter will be seen on NBC's "Today" show broadcast from the city's boardwalk. A world tour in support of "The Rising" kicks off Aug. 7 in East Rutherford, N.J.

In other Van Zandt news, the fourth season of the HBO series "The Sopranos" will premiere Sept. 15. The guitarist plays mobster Silvio Dante on the show, which has been a breakout hit for the pay cable network.