Dierks Bentley’s 15-Year-Old Dog, Jake, ‘Can’t Be Replaced’
Dierks Bentley will having you reaching for a tissue to dab your eyes as you listen to the end of his new song "Can't Be Replaced." The acoustic ballad mentions his dog, Jake, who was 15 years old when he died in July 2016.
Bentley said he found cancer lumps last year and put his best friend on chemotherapy, he shared in May. Jake was also deaf and had leg issues, but the singer held on as long as he could. He admits that he can't even get through the final verse of "Can't Be Replaced" without crying.
"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."
"Can't Be Replaced" is the final song on Bentley's new Black album. He changed the original lyrics of the Bentley, Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey-penned song to include a reference to his best friend, he explains. Jake was the star of Bentley's music videos, walked red carpets, appeared on The View and was a constant companion throughout the singer's life — from bachelor years until now, when he's a husband, father of three and certified country music star. The dog recently appeared at the opening of Bentley's Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, with the singer's wife Cassidy handling him.
Black is Bentley's eight studio album, available May 27. The singer explores some dark themes on the release and at times seems to continue a conversation he started with songs like "Drunk on a Plane." Collaborations with Maren Morris and Elle King are highlights, as is a song called "Freedom" that fans really responded to during a recent set at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkson, Mich.
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