The Avett Brothers have returned to the studio to begin work on the follow-up to their 2009 breakout, I and Love and You. The North Carolina natives recently started recording at Asheville’s Echo Mountain studio, once again teaming up with producer Rick Rubin, who worked with the band on their Columbia Records debut.
“We have completed one session of recording,” Scott Avett reveals to Billboard.com. “We haven’t gotten through the entire list of songs we have for candidates for recording; this time we have a really long list of songs, and we’ll just carve it from there and let the best and most appropriate songs see the light of day.”
Before recording the remainder of the sessions for the forthcoming album, the Avetts are trying to make sure these new tracks are exactly the way they intend for the them to be heard. “Before, I’d be like, ‘We’re gonna do one more session and finish this thing off,’” Avett remarks. “Now, we’re going to listen to what we’ve done, we’re gonna discuss it, discuss it with Rick, take our time with it and let the relationships with the songs grow. We’re really giving them time to be the best they can be and…not let anything out of the gate that’s not great.”
Avett did not offer a specific timeline for the release, but did say that the band hopes to have “something done” by mid-2011.