Wynonna Judd & Lainey Wilson Duet On Stirring Rendition Of Tom Petty’s ‘Refugee’

Watch a video featuring the country stars in the studio.

By Nate Todd May 20, 2024 3:47 pm PDT

Wynonna Judd’s contribution to the upcoming Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty featuring Lainey Wilson arrived today. The pair recorded Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers classic, “Refugee,” for the tribute album.

Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty is set for release on June 21 via Big Machine Records in partnership with the Tom Petty Estate. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers collaborator George Drakoulias executive produced Petty Country along with Randall Poster (Killers of the Flower Moon, Skyfall, Wes Anderson) and Big Machine Group’s Scott Borchetta.


“Refugee” is the fifth single shared from Petty Country which features Dolly Parton, Steve Earle, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Luke Combs, Willie Nelson, Margo Price, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench of The Heartbreakers, Rhiannon Giddens, Marty Stuart and more.

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Appearing on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1979 album, Damn the Torpedoes, “Refugee” was released as a single in January 1980. The song peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is one of Petty’s most popular songs.

Lainey Wilson detailed working with Wynonna on “Refugee.”

“That was one of the coolest experiences of my life,” she said. “My gosh, every time I tried to use that growl in my voice, I was trying to channel my inner Wynonna. Everybody wants an inner Wynonna.”

Watch the “Refugee” video with Wynonna Judd and Lainey Wilson in the studio below:

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