Dierks Bentley Remembers Legendary Musician JT Corenflos in Moving Tribute

by Matthew Wilson
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Dierks Bentley mourned the passing of legendary musician JT Corenflos. The session musician and guitarist died on Oct. 24 after battling pneumonia. He was 56-years-old.

Bentley worked with Corenflos on songs throughout his career. In a touching tribute, the country singer reflected on Corenflos’ career and place in country music history.

“JT passed away a few days ago in Nashville,” Bentley said. “And I want to pass along my thoughts and sympathies to all of his family and friends. Been there with me in the studio since the Jake and #BuschLight days. Always loved the juxtaposition between his soft-spoken demeanor in the control room and the way he attacked the telecaster in the studio. Just the best.”

Dierks Bentley Reflected on the Career of JT Corenflos

In the post, Bentley shared pictures of him and Corenflos working together. He also compared working with Corenflos to working with music legend George Jones. He said Corenflos helped transform songs into popular hits.

“My Country Music history is getting to work with legendary artists in the studio, like the guy to my left. The one and only @the_george_jones,” Bentley continued. “And also getting to work with legendary studio musicians like the guy to my right, JT Corenflos. Luke Bryan and I were talking about JT not too long ago. We joked that some of the parts he came up with in the studio. The signature licks, the kick offs, and of course the solos, took some songs that were C+/B-’s and made them A’s. And that’s not a joke.” 

Bentley also took the time to urge fans to tune into the Country Music Hall of Fame’s event BIG NIGHT (at the museum) on Oct. 28. He said musicians like Corenflos helped shape the industry into what it is.

“One of my favorite things about being a country singer is getting to meet your heroes like George,” Bentley said. “And also getting to work with guys like JT,…guys and girls that literally created the soundtrack to country music fans’ lives. Country Music’s past, present, and future live at the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. Let’s make history together by tuning into the @officialcmhof October 28 for the BIG NIGHT (at the museum).”