Billboard Bits: Joan Baez, Rock Boat, LMNT

News on Joan Baez, Rock Boat, LMNT

JoanThe third volley in the Joan Baez Original Master Series of reissued albums is due July 9 via Vanguard. This round will feature two albums, 1964's "5," Baez's appropriately titled fifth album and last completely acoustic set, and the following year's "Farewell, Angelina," her first album with instrumental backing. As with the previous reissues, each title has been re-packaged in a deluxe slipcase featuring new artwork, along with an exact replica of the original artwork and liner notes.

For its re-release, "5" is bolstered by early studio versions of "Tramp on the Street" (a later version appeared on 1969's "David's Album") and "Long Black Veil" (a live version appeared on 1963's "In Concert Pt. 2" and a later rendition appeared on the 1968 studio album "Any Day Now"). Likewise, "Farewell" is expanded with unreleased versions of three songs captured during the original recording sessions for the album: "One Too Many Mornings" (a later version of which appears on "Any Day Now"), "Rock, Salt and Nails" (which later showed up on "David's Album"), and "The Water Is Wide" (a live version of which first appeared on the 1983 Vanguard compilation "Very Early Joan Baez").

In all, the Joan Baez Master Series will reissue 14 albums. The first batch in August 2001 featured the artist's 1960 self-titled album, 1961's "Joan Baez Vol. 2," and 1966's "Noel." The series continued in March with the release of "Joan Baez in Concert" and "Joan Baez In Concert Part 2."

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Sister Hazel and Edwin McCain will headline an Aug. 29-Sept. 2 party cruise dubbed the Rock Boat. Carnival Cruise Line's ship Sensation has been chartered by Atlanta-based music firms Sixthman (artist management) and Wiley Music (music promotion) for the cruise, which will sail from Tampa, Fla., and stop in Key West and Nassau. Also scheduled to perform during the Labor Day weekend trip are Dexter Freebish, Cowboy Mouth, and the Pat McGee Band. Fans will have the opportunity to mingle with the artists and attend shows and jam sessions during the cruise, which is sponsored by Pepsi and Aquafina. For more information, visit .

Teen pop group LMNT has linked up with the nonprofit Do Something organization to spread awareness and ask fellow teens to take a stand against drunk driving during the U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend. The group is promoting Do Something's online action guide and has launched a national contest in which teens who make a difference can win prizes. Earlier this year, a drunk driver traveling at more than 70 miles per hour crashed into a section of LMNT's dressing room trailer where the band and their families had been just minutes before. "After a drunk driver nearly killed us while we were filming the video for 'Juliet,' we realized that drinking and driving can affect anybody at any time," LMNT's Bryan Chan said in a statement. "We are really excited to join forces with Do Something to help teens get informed and take a stand against drunk driving." LMNT will open for Britney Spears Friday (July 5) and Saturday in Atlantic City and East Rutherford, N.J., respectively. From there the group will join the A*Teens and the Baha Men on the 26-date Pop 'Til You Drop Tour, kicking off July 14 in Doswell, Va. LMNT is touring in support of its debut album, "All Sides," released last month via Atlantic.