News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 8, 2013

Terre Haute's J.T. Corenflos named ACM Guitarist of the Year

Mark Bennett
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The resume speaks for itself.

J.T. Corenflos’ guitar virtuosity has put the sparkle in hit songs and albums by legendary singers, from Alan Jackson to Bob Seger, Brooks and Dunn, Don Henley and George Jones, as well as country music chart-toppers such as Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts. When the greats are ready to record a single or a CD in Nashville, Corenflos’ phone usually rings first. He’s one of Music City’s most well-regarded session guitarists.

Just one honor eluded Corenflos — the Academy of Country Music Guitarist of the Year Award.

Until now.

The Terre Haute native has received the ACM Guitarist of the Year Award for his work in 2012. The Academy handed out its more glamorous awards in a show televised by CBS live from Las Vegas on Sunday night, but Corenflos learned of his award earlier this spring when the off-camera honorees were selected. He’d been nominated 10 consecutive years for Guitarist of the Year before winning this time.

This year’s field of guitarists included Brent Mason (an 11-time ACM winner), Tom Bukovac (a two-time winner), Jay Joyce and Rob McNelley.

See Tuesday’s Tribune-Star or revisit for more on Corenflos.