Yesterday was a sad day for Dierks Bentley. He has lost his best friend, sidekick and canine companion, Jake, who has been with the singer in nearly all phases of his life so far – as a single guy, a married guy and a father, as well as a touring country artist. He has immortalized Jake on the cover art of his very first single “What Was I Thinkin’,” and his debut album, in numerous music videos, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, in the video for his Country Radio Seminar New Faces Show and on his latest album, Black, on the very last song, “Can’t Be Replaced.”
“For 15 years, right by my side / From a single man to three kids and a wife / Friends come and go, but when it comes to Jake / There’s just some things that can’t be replaced.”
“The last verse talks about him and knowing this is the last record he’ll be a part of, and it’s painful, but I love it. But the last lyric is about Jake, and then you have this great dobro solo on the way out from Jerry Douglas,” says Dierks. “The very first song I ever put out and my very first record ‘What Was I Thinkin’’ had Jake on the cover artwork and featured a really prominent dobro solo played by Randy Kohrs. So, it’s kind of in a way bookending Jake’s life with me and my life so far really ‘cause he’s been there from a single man to finding my wife and my kids and he’s had to adapt to all of these circumstances. So, this really is an end of a big era for me and obviously for Jake, so it really bookends my life so far.”
Jake has been on the road with Dierks until recently and was his faithful friend. Once, he ran off during a rain storm and Dierks took to his social media to help locate him.
Jake has also appeared on red carpets, and he even had his own seat on a Southwest flight to New York to appear with his “Dad” on ABC’s The View.