On Saturday, news quickly spread on social media about the unexpected death of Birmingham musician and father, Dan Sartain.

The news was confirmed via a GoFundMe page set up by his brother to help the family pay for funeral expenses.

Sartain's brother wrote,

Dan Sartain left us many memories and music, but has unfortunately left us way too early. 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 Dan's wide range of friends, this should be achievable. From all of his family, we thank you....

Born in 1981, Sartain got his start playing with Birmingham hardcore band Plate Six. He then struck out on his own and caught the ears of Jack White who invited the Alabama musician to go on a short tour with the White Stripes. Sartain even released the single 'Bohemian Grove' on White's Third Man Records.

When I first heard the news on Saturday, I was floored. I remember in the early 2000's playing Dan's solo music and Plate Six on the first inception of my weekly show, Indies Only. Though I never met him, I was a fan.





Sartain's cause of death has not been revealed. He was 39 and is survived by his daughter Audrey.