The covers set finds the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee covering material by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and others, with her regular band joined by guests such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, the Black Crowes' Rich Robinson and Television's Tom Verlaine.
And though the album was a "contractual obligation," Smith said she enjoyed doing the songs.
"Many of the songs I picked for their lyrics," she says, "or just because they represent an aspect of rock 'n' roll that's precious to me. They're great songs that also make statements. They're very relevant to our times, no matter when they were written, or by whom."