The Raconteurs are in a Nashville recording studio working on the follow-up to their 2006 debut "Broken Boy Soldiers" and hope to have a new album out sometime next year. The group, which features Jac

The Raconteurs are in a Nashville recording studio working on the follow-up to their 2006 debut "Broken Boy Soldiers" and hope to have a new album out sometime next year.

The group, which features Jack White of the White Stripes, Brendan Benson, and Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler of The Greenhornes, has been recording at Blackbird Studio in Nashville for a week-and-a-half and currently has 12 songs written, White tells Billboard.com.

The group is attempting to get as much of the as yet unnamed sophomore album done before the White Stripes start touring in support of their next album, "Icky Thump," due June 19 on Third Man Records/Warner Bros. Records. That outing also is slated to begin in June.

White, who once again is serving as the producer for the Raconteurs, cautions that the band may not have a completed product in place by the time it wraps its scheduled three-week recording session. "We don't know if were going to finish but we wanted to get everything down before we got busy," White says. "We have a lot bigger ideas about certain things, so we will see how far we get."

The Raconteurs are working with engineer Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, The Shins, Frank Zappa), who also teamed with the White Stripes on "Icky Thump," which likewise was recorded at Blackbird.

The band is signed to White's Third Man Records but remains in need of a marketing and distribution partner in the U.S. in the wake of the shuttering of
V2 Records in January. Warner Bros.' deal with Third Man covers only The White Stripes, sources say. However, the band hopes to have that situation sorted and an album out by 2008.

White is keeping mum on the sound of the new Raconteurs songs. However, he describes them as "very different" from the first album. So far, he's pleased with the results. "It's coming out great, man," he says.