Jake Flint is a Red Dirt singer/songwriter who resides in rural Mounds, Oklahoma. Jake was born in 1985 and raised in the oilfield boom town of Holdenville in South Eastern Oklahoma, the son of a wildcat oilman and a hard-working mother of two. He was transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Jake says he was always the “outcast country kid in the city.”
Jake’s father was a music lover and raised him on John Denver, James Taylor and Dire Straits along with various Texas singer/songwriters such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine and others. Because of his shortcomings at fitting in as a city kid, Jake tagged along with his older sister’s crowd and got a hefty dose of 90s grunge rock from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Foo Fighters. He was also exposed to Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Guster, David Grey or whatever else he heard coming from his sister’s room.
Jake’s first introduction to playing music was a result of his father having been diagnosed with A.L.S. or Lou Gherig’s Disease and was not able to physically provide interaction to his son. Concerned about not being able to participate with Jake in sports, his father commissioned a couple of his lifelong best friends to teach Jake to play guitar and take him to regional bluegrass festivals. Jake discovered a love of bluegrass music which soon transitioned into a love for jam bands such as Phish, String Cheese Incident, and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. It was at this time that Jake was inspired to write his own music.
Jake’s next musical phase was his discovery of songwriters born out of the Texas and Oklahoma music scene past and present; Tom Skinner, Bob Childers, Boland, Canada, McClure, Chris Knight among countless others. This is where Jake found himself, his musical inspiration, and launched his own singer/songwriting career.