Monday, October 26, 2020
– Guitarist J.T. Corenflos, one of the key session players in Nashville, died at 56 of cancer.
Corenflos appeared on a who's who of country artists, including George Jones, Alabama, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Alan Jackson and Dolly Parton.
The list also includes Eric Church, Chris Janson, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Dustin Lynch, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Lee Brice, Josh Turner, Cody Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Dierks Bentey and Jon Pardi.
Ronnie Dunn tweeted, "JT was one of the best telecaster string benders I've known. It was JT that played that opening infectious guitar lick on PLAY SOMETHING COUNTRY. He was a joy to work with and be around. He was a humble, patient and kind man. He will be missed."
Chris Janson said, "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."
Before graduating from Terre Haute North Vigo High School in Indiana, Corenflos worked as a backing musician for Opry star Jean Shepard, then Joe Stampley before joining the Palomino Road band in 1992. This band recorded one album for Liberty Records. Corenflos left the band and worked on demos in the mid-1990s with Kenny Chesney. He then began work as a session musician, primarily playing electric guitar.
Corenflos received eight nominations for Guitarist of the Year from the Academy of Country Music and won Guitarist of the Year in 2013.
In 2015, Corenflos released a solo album, "Somewhere Under The Radar," contained a dozen instrumentals.