In her first album in a decade, Joan Baez returns to the theme of peace.

“Whistle Down the Wind” will be released on March 2, 2018, according to the 76-year-old singer and activist, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.

After Joan Baez’s 2008 song “Day After Tomorrow,” this will be her second consecutive album with the title track taken from a cover of a song by the melancholic and renownedly raspy-voiced songwriter Tom Waits. Americana singers Josh Ritter and Joe Henry, who produced “Whistle Down the Wind,” have covers of their songs on the new album.

In one of the less well-known renditions, Baez plays a piano ballad by Zoe Mulford titled “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” which is about the 2015 massacre of African-American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist and the eulogy that followed, during which former President Barack Obama sang the well-known Christian hymn.

Baez also sings a cover of “Another World,” a melancholy meditation on the end of the world performed by the now-famous Anohni. The song was originally recorded by Antony and the Johnsons. Tim Eriksen, a folk musician and musicologist, originally performed “I Wish All Wars Were Over,” which closes the song.

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