Oklahoma singer-songwriter Jake Flint and his bride, Brenda, didn’t seem to let the damp weather dampen their spirits as they exchanged vows on Saturday at a remote house between Claremore and Owasu.
“It was raining, but he rented a 40′ x 60 circus tent… They put a bunch of carpet over the muck and then got two three-and-a-quarter-inch pieces of plywood and laid it on the floor—and that was my stage. Will that be right for you?’” said Jake. And I said, ‘Jake, that’s perfect.’ A piece of plywood or a flatbed trailer is where I shine.” Mike Hosty, who played the wedding, said.
“I still have the mud in my old truck…but it was just a fun wedding. What happened is just a tragedy.”
On Sunday morning, Hostie receives word that Flint has died in his sleep, just hours after exchanging vows with his bride-to-be.
“He was a singer-songwriter, through and through, big personality, big heart, and[he]would bend over backwards to do anything for you. When any musician asks you to play at their wedding, it’s one thing in those days,” Hostie said. Most importantly… it’s always an honor.”
“I really love remembering that happy moment of seeing them married…but I really feel for Brenda.”
Shock and grief were palpable in the Oklahoma music community on Monday as news of Flint’s untimely death at the age of 37 broke out. His longtime publicist, Cliff Dewiel, confirmed to The Oklahoman that the Red Dirt singer-songwriter had died in his sleep after he passed away. Saturday wedding.
The cause of death has not yet been determined.
“He wasn’t just a customer, he was a dear friend and he was just a very nice guy. As you can see from the flow on social media, he was loved by everyone. I think a lot of it was just that he was a person person, and he had a great sense of humor. He made everyone They laugh, and make everyone feel welcome,” Doyle said.
“He was an ambassador for Oklahoma Red Dirt Music.”
The rising Red Dirt musician has released four albums
Based in Tulsa, Flint grew up in Holdenville, Texas. The son of a savage oilman and a hard-working mother of two.
He started playing music after his father, a music lover, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Since he would not be able to participate in sports with his son, Flint’s father assigned two friends to teach the upcoming Red Dirt future how to play guitar and take him to regional bluegrass festivals.
Besides his passion for bluegrass, Flint’s musical influences ranged from ’90s rockers like Nirvana and Pearl Jam and Texas singer-songwriters like Jay Clark and Townes Van Zandt to bands like Phish and String Cheese Incident to Red Dirt standouts like Tom Skinner and The Great Divides.
Flint ventured into The Boohatch, Ada’s former home studio for The Great Divide frontman, producer and Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer Mike McClure, to record his debut album, 2016’s “I’m Not Alright.”
“He really loved doing that – and you could tell that … He brought in this kind of Irish band – I mean, (they were) bluegrass, but they had some old Irish instruments – and they did some really cool stuff with Jake. His original songs started to attract My ears, and he decided to do his album in my place. He also did an album for some other songwriters,” McClure told The Oklahoman.
That was kind of indicative of Jake’s spirit: Man, if you needed something, he was there… He was just such a good straight forward guy and not only worked on his own music but tried to help pave the way for some other artists who hadn’t. They score right after.”
Flint has recorded and released three more albums—2018’s “Live and Not OK at Cain’s Ballroom,” 2020’s “Jake Flint,” and 2021’s “Live and Socially Distanced at Mercury Lounge”—and was a featured actress in Show faces of the future At the 2018 Regional Texas Radio Music Awards.
He has charted three number one singles in Texas Regional Radio Report with 2017’s “Cowtown”, 2018’s “Long Road Back Home” and 2020’s “What’s Your Name” and was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2019 We Are Tulsa Music Awards. .
He has performed with his band and as a solo acoustic act at venues throughout Oklahoma, Texas and neighboring states, and has been included in the lineup for Sooner State festivals such as Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe and Tom Skinner’s Skyline Fest. The last two events are fundraisers for The nonprofit Red Dirt Relief Fund, who considered Flint a loyal supporter.
“When the pandemic started, he was starting to research video production and became very familiar with live broadcasting. He’s done numerous broadcast projects for all kinds of artists and organizations throughout the pandemic, including us. When we did our virtual work,” said the executive director of the Red Dirt Relief Fund. Fund, Katie Dale, at Skinnerfest in 2020, videotaped and produced the whole thing.”
At this year’s Gypsy Cafe Songwriters Festival, she said Flint ran the broadcast on the same stage he played.
“He was a real pioneer,” Dale said. “He was always drumming for a side project, and his background was in petroleum. So, he was just a really hard worker.” “He was also larger than life. He easily lit up a room and made a lot of friends really easily… He would go out of his way for people, just a little kindness. I think that’s what hit such a devastating blow.”
Dale said she has been in touch with Flint’s family to offer condolences and financial assistance, if needed. No benefit or tribute concert was planned at this time, but she expected that there would be no problem filling the lineup if a ceremony was scheduled.
Musicians of Oklahoma pays homage to singer-songwriter Red Dirt
Several Oklahoma musicians have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to Flint in the past couple of days.
Blake Lankford who is part of VIIDR – The group of songwriters in the Seventh Day Rebellion Counting Flint among its members, he wrote, “If there was heaven and they let me in, I know it would be because you went to bat for me, Jake.” Buffalo Rogers She posted that “the world has a dim sparkle without you in it” while Travis Kidd She considers Flint “a true legend who will never be forgotten”.
“I’ve never met a new artist who was so loved and had so many fans. It takes years to build that – and that’s what Jake had. Oh my God, he was loved and loved by everyone. Jake had no enemy in the world. He was willing to do anything.” Something for anyone…and he had a very good business mind. There’s only one Jake Flint,” said Brenda Klein, Flint’s business consultant and former manager and partner in a planned business.
“It’s a loss…to many – and we’re still reeling from the trauma and disbelief of this. We’ve all lost friends, we’ve all lost family, it’s life. But I don’t think I’ve ever been through such horrible circumstances with losing someone and how harsh that was for Brenda.” , His wife. To become a bride and a widow in a few hours is unfathomable. I can’t imagine what you’re going through.”
Flint’s wife, Brenda Wilson Flint, posted a video to Facebook from their wedding with a heart-touching “I don’t understand” message.
On Monday, Hosty posted his video excerpt from the wedding Which captures Flint as he hopes he will remember him: serenading his new bride with glee.
“When I was done, we all went into the barn, and somebody had an acoustic guitar and people were passing it on. People were singing around the campfire…and Jake sang to Brenda. As he sang, Hostie said ‘I better put this on the record. ‘”
“He was an amazing lyricist, he had such a distinctive voice… I think he just wanted his music to be heard and his legacy to be remembered that way. And I think he will be.”
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