Loads of good stuff today. First up, don’t forget that Old 97’s headline the after-party for Dallas’ annual Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And what a great bill! Joining the boys will be The Drams, 1100 Springs, and The O’s. After that, the 97’s next announced appearance comes May 8 at the always phenomenal Taste Addison Fest.

And this just in from Billboard: Rhett’s self-titled fourth CD now has a release date: Rhett Miller hits the shelves of finer sound emporiums on June 9. Another great tidbit from that piece:

Miller plans to tour in support of “Rhett Miller,” both on his own and with Old 97’s. In fact, he says, the band, which will be on the road this summer, is thinking about incorporating solo sets by Miller and bassist Murry Hammond as part of an “evening with” concept.

Sweet mother… FINALLY! Now as an overgrown fanboy, would it be too much to hope to hear the Old 97’s take a crack at “The El” or “Lost At Sea”? A guy can dream, right?

And if you’re jonesing for some 97’s today, and can’t wait for Saturday, check out A Truer Sound, which just posted a 2-disc boot of a show at the Crocodile Cafe on May 29, 1999, the Old 97’s full Austin City Limits set from Jan. 26, 1998, and “1998 Gypsy Tea Room show where the boys previewed Fight Songs and played a lot of Buck Owens covers.” (hat tip: Mike Orren – Pegasus News)

And speaking of the guys’ solo side-projects, Murry just keep getting more and more love for I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I’m on My Way, this time from Pop Matters. Enjoy! – frank