The Civil Wars to return with new album this summer

Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars play the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas on Oct. 14, 2012.

The Civil Wars are returning with a new album.

The duo announced the news on its website Wednesday afternoon, posting an image of the new self-titled album's cover along with a pair of handwritten notes from Joy Williams and John Paul White thanking fans for their patience.

The album will be released late summer by Columbia Records and is the follow-up to The Civil Wars' debut, "Barton Hollow." That album earned the Civil Wars two of their three Grammy Awards and a rapidly growing fan base. But Williams and White's future together appeared in doubt when they canceled a European tour mid-trip, citing irreconcilable differences. In December, though, Williams revealedduring a Twitter chat that she was in the studio listening to new Civil Wars songs.

The album cover is a column of smoke from a fire.

White writes in his note to fans: "Patience is a virtue. Yours has been appreciated."