Our hearts go out to Dierks Bentley and his family today, following the loss of their beloved dog Jake.
Earlier today, Dierks posted a picture of Jake on Instragram, with the caption, “Rest in peace, pal.”
Dierks’ constant canine companion was featured on the cover of his debut self-titled album, in several of his music videos, and was immortalized in one of the songs on Dierks’ latest album, Black, in the 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,” Dierks confesses in audio provided by the Universal Music Group Nashville.
“The last lyric is about Jake, and then you have this great dobro solo on the way out from Jerry Douglas,” he continues. “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.”