Country music star Ronnie Dunn mourned the death of legendary guitarist JT Corenflos. The songwriter passed away on Saturday night (Oct. 24) at age 56.
Dunn, of Brooks and Dunn, expressed a heartfelt tribute to his friend in a post on Twitter following his death. Dunn revealed that Corenflos was a humble, patient and kind man.
“J.T. Corenflos… JT was one of the best telecaster string benders I’ve known,” Dunn wrote on Twitter. “It was JT that played that opening infectious guitar lick on PLAY SOMETHING COUNTRY. He was a joy to work with and be around and was a humble, patient and kind man. He will be missed. RD.”
A legendary musician and top studio guitarist, Corenflos passed away at the young age of 56 after a long battle with lung disease. All in all, the Terre Haute, Indiana native performed on nearly 75 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Music charts and hundreds of other songs and albums.
Corenflos was able to collaborate with some of the top stars in the industry during his career. Some of those names include: Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, George Strait, George Jones, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and dozens more. Artists in the rock and roll industry were also beneficiaries of Corenflos’ guitar licks, including the Doobie Brothers, Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow and others.
Luke Bryan Celebrates Life of JT Corenflos
Luke Bryan posted a beautiful write up on Twitter in light of the death of Corenflos.
“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.
“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.”
Fellow Music Stars Mourn Corenflos
Similarly, other country singers and songwriters paid their respects to the late guitarist. 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.”