Jake Flint performed at The Salty Bronc on Friday night, supporting a new self-titled album that shares one man’s point of view on love and loss.
Flint has played often in Stillwater but this is the first time he’s performed at the red dirt bar located on 5th Avenue. Two of the owners, Kelley Green and Scotte Lester, are members of one of the bands that inspired him, The Great Divide.
Flint was a country kid who moved to Tulsa in the second grade, where he struggled to connect with city kids. That changed when he got involved with baseball and music, where he made lasting friendships.
In high school, his dad’s friends took him to a blue grass festival where his passion for music ignited and decided to start creating music.
However, a handful of problems befell his family, including when his dad was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was forced to put his musical goals on hold to be a caretaker.
In 2013, his father passed away. But before he did, he insisted that Flint take time to try and make a career out of his music.
Now, Flint is on his second studio album, where he shines with his love song “Who’s Better?” and reflects on life in “Hurry Up and Wait?”
The album also contains the song “His Daughter” based on a true story about Flint’s friend who was taken advantage of in a relationship and fought to get visitation with his daughter. Flint feels this song would speak to single dads and moms.
Despite all of the topics on the album, no songs about his dad are there.
“I haven’t necessarily been able to yet…muster up a song about him,” Flint said. “I’ve tried and tried and tried and it’s just not there yet.”
Flint wants to make sure when he is able to write a song about his dad, it is the right time and the right song.
“It’s just not time yet,” Flint said. “I don’t have that in me yet. I’m not sure if I’m still in the grieving process and that writing about it is just not part of the process, but it hasn’t happened yet…and that is something I want to happen organically. That song, or songs, will have to be perfect.”
At The Salty Bronc, Flint said his goal was to entertain and help sell beer. Even behind the humor, Flint also wanted to share his story with the crowd. It is his goal to leave a legacy and influence future generations, the way Oklahoma and his father have done for him.
For now, he said he has one way of doing that.
“My music is kind of a chronicle and an autobiography of my life,” Flint said. “It’s a way to leave my story behind.”