Luke Bryan, Country Music Stars Mourn Guitarist JT Corenflos’ Death

by Jon D. B.
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Another tragic loss in 2020 has just come in the form of legendary country music guitarist, JT Corenflos. Luke Bryan tweeted the news with an incredible tribute.

The legendary musician and top studio guitarist passed away at the young age of 56 after a long battle with lung disease. After an incredible career collaborating with icons like Luke Bryan, the curtain has come down.

“What an amazing legacy. Rest in peace JT Corenflos,” Luke Bryan posts to Twitter. In his tribute to the multi-award-winning guitarist and friend, Bryan paints an impressive picture of this legend:

Luke Bryan Celebrates Life of JT Corenflos

“Throughout my career I have had the privilege to work with some of the most amazing musicians on the planet. JT embodied everything country music was and certainly everything that the Nashville sound was about. He was a soft spoken genius that let his fingers do all the talking. He has played on countless records of mine and may time turned a good song into something unique and special. And at the end of the day, he made big old hit records.

“For most of the time I knew JT, he was battling health problems related to the hand he was dealt. Talk about a fighter. Some days he could barely pick his guitar up. But when he played, he played like it was his last time – and for everyone in the room it was a beautiful thing to watch. His sound and style was so authentic, and that’s why myself and so many other artists and songwriters are hurting. He lost his battle, but what an amazing legacy. I challenge my fans and country music fans to spend a little time researching some of the tracks and hit records he has played on throughout his career. You will be amazed. I have put a few of the ojnes he has been a part of with me here. God Bless you JT Corenflos. I love you, buddy. You will be missed.”

Signed, Luke Bryan

Following his beautiful write-up, Bryan shares a clip he’s put together of JT Corenflos’ phenomenal work in his songs. If anything gives you a sense of this massive loss for the country music industry, this will be it.

Fellow Music Stars Mourn Corenflos

Country singer & songwriter Chris Janson, another collaborator of Corenflos’, also mourns his passing.

“Really sad to hear that my friend JT Corenflos passed away today. What a real legend. He played on a LOT of my songs in studio. I will never forget, he bought me a pair of boots years ago, back when I couldn’t afford em…I still have them. Loved JT.”

In addition, fellow musician and friend Richard Marx posts a touching tribute and vintage photo of the two.

“So sad to hear of the passing today of JT Corenflos. What an incredible talent and a sweet soul. I’ll miss you, brother.”

The Life & Death of JT Corenflos

According to the Tribune Star, Corenflos leaves us after a long battle with lung disease. His passing came this Saturday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Hospital, “after coping with a lung disease for several years, his longtime girlfriend, Annabeth Robinson, confirmed Sunday afternoon. Corenflos was 56.”

The site goes on to say “The Terre Haute native performed on nearly 75 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Music charts and hundreds of other songs and albums, spicing up the music of headliners such as Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, George Strait, George Jones, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and dozens more. Rockers’ recordings benefited from Corenflos’ guitar licks, too, including the Doobie Brothers, Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow and others.”

On his own website, Corenflos went into his career’s legacy in detail:

“Around 1994 I started to get some master (major label) record calls (usually because of a demo I’d played on). Since that time I’ve had the honor to record with several major country and occasionally pop/rock artists (see links below). Even more to my surprise, I’ve received several ACM “guitarist of the year” nominations (winning in 2012) and have been consistently included in “Music Row Magazine” top 5 guitarist. It’s been a wild ride to say the least, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

[H/T Twitter]

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