Sinead O'Connor has signed on to record tracks for a fan funded, Blind Willie Johnson tribute album, alongside Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams.
A campaign to raise the funds needed to make the album began on the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter.com earlier this week. The Blind Boys of Alabama and Rickie Lee Jones have also agreed record a track for the Blues album.
Record producer Jeffrey Gaskill is hoping to raise $125,000 to complete God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson – and in return he's offering backers the chance to share in the album-making process.
A post on the site to explain the project reads: "Our mission is to shine a light and acknowledge this important and influential artist currently representing mankind in outer space.
"Nasa recently confirmed that mankind has left the solar system for the first time with its Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space after a 36 year journey. Onboard the spacecraft is a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk, carrying the music of Bach and Mozart, and Blind Willie Johnson's recording Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground. Meanwhile back on earth, Blind Willie Johnson's significant contribution to the world of music is far too often overlooked."