Therefore, it's very exciting news to me that Over The Rhine will begin recording at Joe Henry's South Pasadena studio on May 17. Even better, the band is funding this recording with donations from fans. Everything from a $15 CD version to a $100 deluxe edition are available for purchase now. The $50 and $100 levels will grant you access to downloads of nine demos of songs that will be recorded in a few weeks. There will be some fundraising shows in June and December as well.
This is a great pairing of artist and producer. OtR's most recent studio album The Trumpet Child certainly had some sonic similarities to some of JH's own solo work as well as to some of his production work. This album has surely just shot to the top of my most-anticipated records of (hopefully) 2010.
(Many thanks to Josh Hurst for the heads-up.)
UPDATE: Linford has much to say about the new record. Did I mention how excited I am?