Fans are paying tribute to cult rocker Dan Sartain, who has died aged 39.
His death was confirmed via a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for the Alabama musician’s funeral by his family. The exact date and cause of his death have not yet been revealed.
“Dan Sartain left us many memories and music, but has unfortunately left us way too early,” a statement on the page said. “As wonderful as his legacy is, he had no plans for the unmentionable, and thus, here we are.
“We aren’t trying to do much but have a small service for family and friends, and with Dans wide range of friends, this should be achievable.”
It concluded: “From all of his family, we thank you.”
Born on August 13, 1981, Sartain began his career performing with hardcore band Plate Six in the 1990s. The singer-songwriter and guitarist released his first two self-produced albums through independent record labels in 2001 (‘Crimson Guard’) and 2002 (‘Romance In Stereo’).
He followed it up with eight more albums over the next 14 years, with the last being 2016’s ‘Century Plaza’ – his third released on One Little Indian.
“Saddened to hear the news about my old pal and label mate @DanSartain passing,” Jeff Klein tweeted, paying tribute to his friend. “If you’re in the position: Help fund the burial of Dan Sartain.”
— Jeff Klein (@myjerusalem) March 20, 2021
RIP Dan Sartain https://t.co/YlTwGhOHiZ
— James Skelly (@JamesSkellyBand) March 21, 2021
Really saddened to hear about Dan Sartain. I spent a solid month on a conversion mission playing his music to everyone after getting DS vs the Serpientes. His sound was rooted in a familiar groove but there was something uniquely deep and emotional about his take on it. Sad news. pic.twitter.com/9illdVuR17
— Sarah Walters (@SarahCityLife) March 21, 2021
We were sorry to hear the sad news of Dan Sartain's passing – what a performer. Our thoughts are with his friends, family & the @olirecords team. For more info on the GoFundMe to help Dan's family pay for the funeral head here: https://t.co/ocf08vZBZqhttps://t.co/mSwq7MO4rr
— AIM (@AIM_UK) March 21, 2021
Other tributes have begun pour in from fans. “I just heard of the passing of Dan Sartain. This hits mighty hard,” one person wrote on Twitter. “I played on a show with him once and afterward re-evaluated my approach to performing. He inspired me and he will be missed.”
Another wrote: “Hugely saddened to hear of this. Dan Sartain always felt like an artist outside of his time; something which undoubtedly left him on the fringe of mainstream acclaim throughout his career. There was always something frantic, dangerous and exciting about his work. RIP.”
I just heard of the passing of Dan Sartain. This hits mighty hard. I played on a show with him once and afterward re-evaluated my approach to performing. He inspired me and he will be missed. pic.twitter.com/5vDQzFeZvz
— Jonathan Mayhall (@SpookHouseSaint) March 20, 2021
Hugely saddened to hear of this. Dan Sartain always felt like an artist outside of his time; something which undoubtedly left him on the fringe of mainstream acclaim throughout his career. There was always something frantic, dangerous and exciting about his work. RIP https://t.co/rOQZHG2I9N
— Colin J McCracken (@ColinJMcCracken) March 21, 2021
Was looking over this Dan Sartain feature just a few months back. Met him across a 1950s Formica table in the New Piccadilly and asked about the Johnny Cash comparisons: "I think I prefer 'Chris Isaak hooked up to jumper cables'." An absolute star. RIP. https://t.co/BP2IM5cff3
— Leonie Cooper (@leoniemaycooper) March 20, 2021
Sad to hear about Dan Sartain passing, first him on a NME “Cool List” cover mount CD. He was definitely one of the only ones on there that could ever be considered cool https://t.co/LUTcPLhNCc
— DJSteveBob (@DJSteveBob) March 21, 2021
This is so very, very sad. If you’ve never heard of him go check out his music – start with Dan Sartain vs. the Serpientes, it’s a masterpiece. RIP Dan Sartain. https://t.co/102abAdWhE
— Emily Cooper (@ec_pr) March 21, 2021
RIP Dan Sartain. His music has been a constant in my life for 15 years or so. I’m gutted that he’s gone. pic.twitter.com/6r5goEDyQR
— Byron (@byronimation) March 20, 2021
Rest in peace, @DanSartain. We played on the same bill plenty of times, and more recently, he was my barber. He had a wiry energy that just crackled onstage. We even got him to play a noise set one night- he thought it was hilarious. I'm gonna miss him.
— just what you see (@JDavidBlack) March 21, 2021
Can’t believe the news about Dan Sartain. He was great and those first two records are right up there with the best of the 00s. RIP #DanSartain 😔
— Matt Wilkinson (@w1lko) March 20, 2021
Very sad to hear of Dan Sartain’s passing. Arguably the most creative musical mind in Alabama.
— MRS (@yellingstopAL) March 20, 2021
See more tributes to Dan Sartain below:
RIP Dan Sartain
— Pat Sullivan (@swamipat) March 20, 2021
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Dan Sartain. Please help if you're able https://t.co/0etsRQRdxG
— Matt Clark 🌹 (@ClarkMatt) March 20, 2021
RIP Dan Sartainhttps://t.co/sd1xSRxOwh
— SCOTTIE DIABLO (@scottiediablo) March 20, 2021
Damn. RIP Dan Sartain. You were a true talent.
— [Andy/Spain] (@andyspain) March 20, 2021
We put on Dan many times when I was the The Cluny. Devastating newshttps://t.co/udhaNVAYwa
— thomas (@kid_smoke) March 20, 2021
Dan Sartain taught me to put the pepper for your fries in the ketchup at the Johnny rockets in 5 points 1996. Forgot about him for years until Blake mentioned him a few years back. RIP.
— Brett Stuckey (@Stuckey_Brett) March 20, 2021
I’ve just heard the tragic news that Dan Sartain has died. A brilliant songwriter, I still treasure the one time I got to see him at the late Pat Long’s Sunday afternoon club In The Pines in Kings Cross in 2006. Can’t believe that neither are here anymore pic.twitter.com/7p2eDNt15e
— Hi, I'm Angus Young from OC/DC (@jamesjammcmahon) March 20, 2021
Damn. RIP, Dan Sartain. Thanks for the music.
Here’s a link to a GoFundMe started to help cover the funeral expenses:https://t.co/qEdoVjFBUk
— Will Stewart (@willhstewart) March 20, 2021
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