The country music icon and chart-topping hitmaker covered “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” a duet that originally features Reba McEntire. Co-written by Dunn alongside Terry McBride, the tune was released in October 2008 as the fourth and final single on their studio album, Cowboy Town.
The performance was recorded in Spatial Audio at Apple Music’s new state-of-the-art studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
“New sheriff in town! Apple has come to town swinging a big stick. The way for artists to get our music to you— the listener/fan— has evolved at light speed,” Dunn wrote. “There is no longer one single, dominate force to dictate how we gain access to our music. Apple has broken the barrier. With a brand new futuristic facility in Nashville designed on the bedrock of preserving the soundtracks of our lives while pushing the technical and artistic thresholds, the future looks bright indeed.”
“I’ve been offered the opportunity and have the pleasure to be one of the first artists to participate in the Apple Music Sessions,” Dunn added.
Wilson took to social media to share a video of their performance together on Friday (Aug. 19).
“My deddy has always told me that life’s tough…when a horse bucks ya off, ya best get back on and hold on to those reins for dear life,” Wilson captioned the clip. “I was so excited to join @ronniedunn for “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” during his Apple Music Sessions performance and it means more now than ever given everything going on with my deddy’s health. @ronniedunn thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this. Y’all can watch it on @applemusic now.”
During the Apple Music Session, the two-time GRAMMY winner also performed an incredible rendition of Jon Pardi’s “She Ain’t In It.” Dunn also performed a stripped down version of his single “Broken Neon Hearts” from his just-released new album, 100 Proof Neon.
Apple Music Sessions will feature some of the world’s most prolific artists and emerging artists, all in Spatial Audio, and will give artists the opportunity to reimagine and recreate hits from their own catalog, and creative covers of beloved classics.
These unique performances are also filmed, resulting in a special, bespoke collection comprised of brand-new Spatial Audio tracks and companion live performance music videos available exclusively to Apple Music fans worldwide.
Carrie Underwood and Tenille Townes kicked off the Apple Music Sessions series. Apple has plans to expand the series into other genres of music in the near future.
Ronnie Dunn Released His New Album In Late July
Dunn’s new album, 100 Proof Neon, arrived on Friday (July 29). The 11-track project features a duet with Parker McCollum as well as another collaboration with Jake Worthington and a stunning rendition of Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade.”
Dunn wrote seven songs on the album, which marks his fifth solo record, including the two self-penned tracks “Road To Abilene” and “Two Steppers, Waltzes and Shuffles.”
“This is an album I’ve wanted to make for a long time. I purposely reached for late 80’s / 90’s Country… honky tonks, whiskey, neon lights, lost love, looking for love… twin fiddles, steel guitars, and string bending telecasters,” Dunn shared of the project on social media.
100 Proof Neon is out everywhere now and can be picked up HERE.