Any July 4th plans yet? Then check this from Billboard:

Willie Nelson has drafted Son Volt, Old 97’s, Drive By Truckers and Amos Lee to perform at his annual Fourth of July Picnic. The show will be held at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., the first time it has taken place outside Nelson’s home state of Texas. (Damnit to hell. Old 97’s and Willie together, but it ain’t in Ft. Worth this year??? – f.e.) Tickets go on sale May 12 via Ticketmaster.

And while you sit there salivating, have a look at this piece, just in. It’s a fine new interview with the brand new papa, Murry Hammond. More soon!