Oklahoma-based country singer-songwriter Jake Flint passed away on Sunday, just hours after getting married. He was 37.
In a soggy ceremony on Saturday in Oklahoma, Flint and Brenda Flint exchanged vows. The Oklahoman, a publication of the USA TODAY network, received confirmation from his longtime publicist Clif Doyal that the Red Dirt artist passed away in his sleep hours after the wedding. It is still unclear what caused the death.
As soon as his father, an enthusiastic music fan, was told he had ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Flint began playing music. Flint’s father hired some friends to teach Flint to play the guitar and take him to local bluegrass festivals because he wouldn’t be able to play sports with him.
Along with his love of bluegrass, Flint was also influenced by a variety of musical artists, including Texas singer-songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, 1990s rockers Nirvana and Pearl Jam, jam bands Phish and String Cheese Incident, and Red Dirt greats Tom Skinner and The Great Divide.
“I’m Not Okay,” Flint’s debut album, was recorded in 2016. The next year, he recorded and released “Live and Not OK at Cain’s Ballroom,” “Jake Flint,” and “Live and Socially Distanced at Mercury Lounge,” all of which were live albums.