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Garage Rock Singer-Songwriter, Dan Sartain Dies aged 39

Garage Rock Singer-Songwriter, Dan Sartain Dies aged 39

The Alabama rocker, who opened for the White Stripes and had a prolific run of records, died on Saturday.

According to Pitchfork, Sartain’s manager, Shaun Christie confirmed that the Alabama garage-rock musician Dan Sartain passed away at the age of 39 on Saturday March 20th. However, the cause of his death has not been revealed.

Sartain was born and grew up in Fairfield, Alabama before eventually ending up in Birmingham and got involved in the music scene in the early 2000s.

Dan Sartain self-released his first two albums in the early 2000s including ‘Crimson Guard’ (2001) and ‘Romance in Stereo’ (2002),and then signed to the local label Skybucket for a limited edition tour album called Sartain Family Legacy 1981-1998. He incorporated elements of garage-rock, punk, blues, country, and old-school rock and roll throughout his 20-year run.

In 2007,Sartain opened for the White Stripes.“Touring with the White Stripes was my Rocky Balboa moment,” he told Music Mecca in an interview last year. “I was a virtually unknown barroom singer, and I went the distance with the champ.I don’t feel like I’m cut out for stadium touring, but there were a few times where we got some good licks in.” He released a single on ‘Third Man’ in 2009.

In 2020, he released the Western covers album ‘Western Hills’ and a collection of songs he recorded in Memphis’ iconic Sun Studio. He also made a collaboration with Ganxsta Nip last summer,and donated all the funds to the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

A GoFundMe to raise money for Sartain’s funeral costs has already surpassed its initial goal, but the organizers are still accepting donations.