I read about it on the NYTimes, but here is a link to a WSJ blog entry I found that is linkable: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/11/12/emitt-rhodes-returns-after-four-decades-with-dog-on-a-chain-exclusive-song/
This entry is from late 2015 but I didn’t hear about it. In the NYTimes article, they discuss him being hunted down by a young fan and pulling a CD together - Rhodes is going to play at South by Southwest this year.
To be clear: I haven’t heard his music. I know about him from here, the SDMB, where folks have mentioned him alongside other Power Pop tragedies like Badfinger, Big Star, the Raspberries, etc.
I guess this means I need to check him out!