Ronnie Dunn Puts a Country Spin on Eric Clapton's 'Wonderful Tonight': Exclusive

Ronnie Dunn
Steven Martine

Ronnie Dunn

Ronnie Dunn has revealed “Wonderful Tonight,” the latest cover from his upcoming Re-Dunn solo project, due out Jan. 10. A stirring ballad of love originally penned by Eric Clapton, Billboard premieres Dunn’s version below today (Dec. 12).

Clapton released “Wonderful Tonight” on his 1977 album Slowhand. It was famously inspired by his relationship with model Pattie Boyd and written several years before the couple wed. Dunn’s version doesn’t stray too much from the original musically, but his familiar belt introduces a distinct country element to the Clapton standard.

“I used to drive back and forth from Tulsa to Nashville with Eric Clapton’s drummer, Jamie Oldaker,” Dunn tells Billboard. “He would tell me great Eric stories and I would give him country music quiz’s by listening to the radio. Jamie told me how Eric wrote ‘Wonderful Tonight’ for Patty.”

“Wonderful Tonight” will be featured on Dunn’s upcoming solo project Re-Dunn which includes 24 covers of rock and country songs that have made an impact on his career. The Clapton cover follows the release of “I Won’t Back Down,” “The Cowboy Rides Away,” “Amarillo By Morning,” “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress),” “How Long,” “That’s How I Got To Memphis,” “That’s The Way Love Goes,” and “Showdown.”

“It’s a passion project,” Dunn previously told Billboard. “We laugh and call it ‘Dunn For Fun.’ There's really not much rhyme or reason other than these are songs that I have on playlists and have been around forever.”

Dunn’s cover of “Wonderful Tonight” is below.